The River

ORIGINAL TITLE: Väylä

NUMBER OF PAGES: 269

AUTHOR: Rosa Liksom

ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: LIKE

GENRE: Current Books, Fiction

“We all have one thing in common–we’re on the road, and we’re headed west.”

September 1944. Tens of thousands of people are abandoning their homes to escape the destruction left in the wake of the Lapland War. A young girl whose family has been devastated by the conflict makes her way through this landscape, leading the cows from her home farm all the way.

The River is a captivating novel about migration, refugee camps, and the river that marks the boundary between life and death for people who have left their homes behind. It is a year in the life of a girl from a tiny village, a story about roads that become trails, about nature, and about her search for her mother. 

Liksom’s narrative makes the very mud sing.

Reviews

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“Liksom has written a captivating novel about people caught in the grip of war”

Keskisuomalainen
”A northern masterpiece”
Karjalainen
"A chef-d'oeuvre”
Karjalainen
”Rosa Liksom has written one of her best novels to date”
Lapin Kansa

Rights sold

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Czech Rights sold to Pistorius & Olšanská

Estonian rights sold to Koolibri

Finnish Rights sold to LIKE

French Rights sold to Gallimard

German Rights sold to Penguin Verlag

Italian rights sold to Iperborea

Swedish rights sold to Wahlström & Widstrand

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