“We are made of dreams, and dreams are made of us. By interlocking with our dreams, we make ourselves real.”

The novel The Truth by young Finnish author Riikka Pulkkinen (1980) made it to the finals for the most prestigious Finnish Finlandia award alongside achieving great international success (translated into 17 languages). Critics especially applauded Pulkkinen’s psychologically precise and poetic style, deep characterization and detachment from melodrama.

The Truth is a strong, masterful and elegant family story, with deep and complete characterizations of individuals, through which the author tries to distil intricate feelings, memories and traumas of three generations.

Elsa, a renowned psychologist and a strong person who has always held the family together, is dying from cancer and her husband Martti, an esteemed Finnish painter, and daughter Eleonoora, an ambitious surgeon, are trying to reconcile with this fact while sorrow is breaking them emotionally. In spite of her very poor condition, Elsa decides to spend her last days on the family estate instead of the hospital, with her granddaughter Anna, Eleonoora’s daughter, becoming her caretaker. Anna carries the burden of emotional dealings with her boyfriend Matias so being with Elsa and Martti serves as somewhat of a relief for her.

By chance Anna learns about Eevi, the family nanny her grandparents haven’t mentioned in years for a reason…


Author: Riikka Pulkkinen

Translator: Boris Vidović

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