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Stalin's Cows (2003)

Extremely powerful debut about three generations of women, separated from each other by the force of politics, war, love and illness.

In this astonishing debut by a writer endowed with a rare storytelling genius, the lives of three women of different generations and societies – grandmother, mother, and daughter – serve as the uniting force of a highly unusual and powerful epic narrative. In depicting the lives of Sofia, Katariina and Anna, whose lives unfold in communist Estonia, capitalist Finland, or both, Oksanen lets the entire 20th century flash before our eyes, while retaining a loving but firm grip on her characters and the bond between them. Stalinin lehmät is Oksanen’s inexorable showdown with the hypocrisy of it all; with the power of shame and feeling second-class, the harsh divide between East and West, the impossible feat of being a woman.

Awards:

Shortlisted for the Runeberg Award 2004.

Reading Guide (pdf)

Right sold to 20 territories.

      Available in these countries: Show BrazilShow Czech RepublicShow DenmarkShow EstoniaShow FinlandShow FranceShow GermanyShow HungaryShow IcelandShow ItalyShow LatviaShow LithuaniaShow NetherlandsShow NorwayShow PolandShow RomaniaShow SpainShow SwedenShow TurkeyShow Ukraine

      Brazil

      • Portuguese: To be announced

        Hardcover

        Publisher: Record (-)

      Czech Republic

      • Czech: Stalinovy krávy

        Translator: Linda Dejdarová

        Publisher: Odeon-Euromedia Group (2012)

        Contact: odeon@euromedia.cz

      Denmark

      • Danish: Stalins køer

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9788763816335

        Translator: Birgita Bonde Hansen

        Publisher: Rosinante (2011)

        Contact: Info@rosinante-co.dk

      Estonia

      • Estonian: Stalini lehmad

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9789985622179

        Translator: Tauno Vahter

        Publisher: Tänapäev (2004)

      Finland

      • Finnish: Stalinin lehmät

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9789510282236

        Publisher: WSOY (2003)

        Contact: Tuuli Leppänen

      • Finnish: Stalinin lehmät

        Pocket Book

        ISBN: 9789525635287

        Publisher: Bazar (2006)

      France

      • French: Les vaches de Staline

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 978-2234069473

        Translator: Sébastien Cagnoli

        Publisher: Éditions Stock (2011)

      Germany

      • German: Stalin's Kühe

        Audiobook

        Publisher: Hörbuch Hamburg (2012)

      • German: Stalin's Kühe

        Hardcover

        Translator: Angela Plöger

        Publisher: Kiepenheuer&Witsch Verlag (2012)

      • German: Stalins Kühe

        Paperback

        Publisher: BtB (2013)

      Hungary

      • Hungarian: Sztálin tehenei

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9789632442631

        Translator: Eva Papp

        Publisher: Scolar (2011)

      Iceland

      • Icelandic: Kýr Stalíns

        Hardcover

        Translator: Sigurður Karlsson

        Publisher: Forlagið (2011)

        Contact: forlagid@forlagid.is

      Italy

      • Italian: Le vacche di Stalin

        Translator: Nicola Rainò

        Publisher: Guanda (2012)

        Contact: info@guanda.it

      Latvia

      • Latvian: To be announced

        Hardcover

        Publisher: Jumava (-)

        Contact: reklama@jumava.lv

      Lithuania

      • Lithuanian: Stalino Karves

        Translator: Danute Sirijos Giraite

        Publisher: Versus Aureus (2012)

        Contact: versus@versus.lt

      Netherlands

      • Dutch: Een bundel haarspelden

        Paperback

        Translator: Marja-Leena Hellings, Sophie Kuiper

        Publisher: Ambo Anthos (2014)

        Contact: info@amboanthos.nl

      Norway

      • Norwegian: Stalins Kyr

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9788249506316

        Translator: Morten Abildsnes

        Publisher: Oktober (2009)

        Contact: oktober@oktober.no

      • Norwegian: Stalins Kyr

        Pocket Book

        ISBN: 978824950720

        Translator: Morten Abildsnes

        Publisher: Oktober (2010)

        Contact: oktober@oktober.no

      Poland

      • Polish: To be announced

        Publisher: Swiat Ksiazki (-)

      Romania

      • Romanian: Vacile lui Stalin

        Hardcover

        Translator: Sigrid Crasnean

        Publisher: Polirom (2012)

      Spain

      • Spanish: Las vacas de Stalin

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9788496822566

        Translator: Ursula Ojanen and Rafael Garcia Anguita

        Publisher: Editores 451 (2008)

      Sweden

      • Swedish: Stalins Kossor

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9789170281051

        Translator: Janina Orlov

        Publisher: Bazar (2007)

      • Swedish: Stalins kossor

        Pocket Book

        ISBN: 9789170281891

        Translator: Janina Orlov

        Publisher: Bazar (2010)

      Turkey

      • Turkish: To be announced

        Hardcover

        Publisher: Pegasus (-)

      Ukraine

      • Ukrainian: Сталінські корови

        Hardcover

        Publisher: Folio (2011)

      Reviews

      • Oksanen is not the first to write about life behind the Iron Curtain, but she surely is one of the best.
        — FÆDRELANDSVENNEN (Norway)
      • Sofi Oksanen is a grim realist with the chilling opinion that history is fate. /…/ Stalin’s Cows is yet another dazzling verification of the young Finnish-Estonian writer’s greatness. And she has been great for a long time.
        — Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)
      • Sofi Oksanen confirms that she belongs in the premier league of European literature… Greatly recommended.
        — Fyens Stiftstidene (Denmark)
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