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Rosa Liksom

Rosa Liksom is an expert on people who live in unconventional circumstances, on the borders of cultures. Born in Lapland, Finland, to parents who were farmers and reindeer breeders, she moved to the capital Helsinki at the age of 17. She spent her youth occupying buildings and living in squats and communes throughout Europe. She is able to conjure up an entire human destiny with a few, carefully chosen brushstrokes.
Her unique writing has earned her awards such as the Finlandia Literary Prize and her books have been translated to 18 languages.
Rosa Liksom is a writer, photographer and film maker who, in her own words, sees all kinds of art as a way of life – simply because she enjoys it so much.


Winner of the Finlandia Prize 2011




Winner of the Finlandia Prize 2011

Published books


26 jan 2023

“[The River] is, to say the least, magnificent.”

Last week Wahlström & Widstrand published the Swedish Edition of The River and its getting acknowledged in several reviews: “With intimate knowledge, Rosa Liksom portrays the void that the final year of the [second] world war left in northern Finland. It is heartbreaking.”Västerbottens-Kuriren “The River is a novel that allows us to understand our own time, and with whose help we may be able to...

21 feb 2022

Nordic praise for Compartment No. 6

"Compartment No. 6" received a warm welcome from the Nordic countries. Several critics pointed out the sense of a beautiful realness as well as a the film's closeness. For instance, Hynek Pallas referred to the movie as “so physical that you feel the wind on your cheek, the vodka in...

26 jan 2022

Compartment No. 6 reviewed in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

We’re thrilled to see the film “Compartment No.6” appearing as “Critic’s Pick” in The New York Times. The film, based on Rosa Liksom’s novel and directed by Juho Kuosmanen, is set on a Russian train where Laura and Ljoha, strangers to each other, have to share the same compartment. The...

11 nov 2021

Rosa Liksom’s The River shortlisted for the Finlandia-award!

Rosa Liksom’s The River is shortlisted for the prestigious Finlandia prize, for her novel The River, published by Like in September. Says the jury: "The story of the girl grows into a universal tale of the refugee and the connection between us humans and the rest of the creation. The prize is...

14 sep 2021

The River is “A masterpiece”

Rosa Liksom’s new novel The River, published by Like in Finland in the beginning of this month, is receiving rave reviews.  “Liksom has written a captivating novel about people caught in the grip of war” - Keskisuomalainen ”A northern masterpiece” - Karjalainen "A chef-d'oeuvre” – Karelsk "Rosa Liksom has written...

28 jun 2021

Teaser trailer on Compartement No. 6 motion picture!

We are thrilled to share the teaser trailer for the film Compartement No. 6,  based on Rosa Liksom’s magnificent and atmospheric novel, that will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Competition next month (July 6 – 17)! Compartement No. 6  is produced by Jussi Rantamäki for Finland’s Aamu Film...

13 apr 2021

Rosa Liksom has been awarded the Swedish Academy’s Nordic Prize!

The Swedish Academy awards Rosa Liksom with its Nordic Prize for 2020 (postponed because of the pandemic). The prize was founded in connection with the 200 year celebration of the Academy in 1986. Previous laureats include Karl Ove Knausgård, Dag Solstad and Agneta Pleijel. The prize sum is 400 000 Swedish...

23 okt 2020


 The French edition of Rosa Liksom’s The Colonels wife has arrived. Such a beautiful book. Merci, Gallimard!

14 feb 2020

Rosa Liksom receives the Swedish Academy´s Nordic Prize for 2020!

The Swedish Academy’s Nordic Prize 2020 is awarded to Rosa Liksom. The award goes to someone from the Nordic countries with a significant accomplishment in one of the Academy’s fields of interest or activity. Recent prize winners have included Monika Fagerholm (2016), Dag Solstad (2017), Agneta Pleijel (2018) and Karl Ove...

18 nov 2019

Rosa Liksom’s Compartment no 6 is becoming a movie!

Exciting news! Finnish production company Aamu is starting pre-production of Rosa Liksom’s Compartment no 6 on site in Russia. We can’t wait to see this splendid novel as a motion picture.

14 dec 2017

Rosa Liksom shortlisted for the Runeberg Prize

Rosa Liksom's The Colonel's Wife (Everstinna) is one of eight titles on the shortlist for 2018's Runeberg Prize. The prize is named in honour of Finnish national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877) and is awarded annually on his birthday, 5 February. The Runeberg prize is currently endowed with 10,000 euros. The Colonel's...

18 aug 2016

Wall Street Journal on Rosa Liksom Compartment No 6

Enjoy this brilliant comment on Rosa Liksom's novel: "Ms. Liksom conjures beauty from the ugliest of things. (mer …)