Alexandra Salmela won the Debutant of the Year Award
November 17th, 2010
Alexandra Salmela has been awarded with The Debutant of the Year Award arranged by Helsingin Sanomat for her debut novel 27 or Death Makes an Artist. The prize is 15 000 Euros. Alexandra Salmela is also nominated for the Finlandia Prize.

The jury described the winning novel as follows:
“The author’s fluent storytelling and unusual disposition are unlike anything we have experienced so far at these altitudes.

The narrator of this book walks one step ahead of the reader. At times the reader has to stop and think: what on earth is this book all about? Is the author making fun of her readers? Salmela’s secrecy and mischievous nature are present throughout the book. They stem from the author’s open-mindedness with regard to prose – but also are manifest in her knowledge of the genre.”

In the picture:
Alexandra Salmela, Leena Parkkinen (last year's winner) and the proud agent Tiina.

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