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Land of Snow and Ashes

Rautiainen, Petra, Hackston, David
Format: Paperback
Publisher: PUSHKIN PRESS
Published: December 1, 2022
ISBN: 9781782277378
288 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£8.99

A hauntingly beautiful, gripping novel about Lapland’s buried history of Nazi crimes against the Sámi people

Winner of the Savonia Prize

Finnish Lapland, 1944: a young soldier is called to work as an interpreter at a Nazi prison camp. Surrounded by cruelty and death, he struggles to hold on to his humanity. When peace comes, the crimes are buried beneath the snow and ice.

A few years later, journalist Inkeri is assigned to investigate the rapid development of remote Western Lapland. Her real motivation is more personal: she is following a lead on her husband, who disappeared during the war. Finding a small community riven with tension and suspicion of outsiders, Inkeri slowly begins to uncover traces of disturbing facts that were never supposed to come to light.

From this starkly beautiful polar landscape emerges a story of silenced histories and ongoing oppression, of human brutality and survival.

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