"The history of Finland through the eyes of an ex-nazi, now elderly woman’s eyes. Painful, thought provoking and brutal in its language."
"No one has ever told the 1900’s in Finland the way Rosa Liksom does it. Disrespectful, impudently and with an absurdly macabre humour."
- Länstidningen Östersund
"It is impossible to talk about Rosa Liksom’s books without mentioning her language. And it is not only because the straightforward and colorful prose is one of its greatest qualities, but also because the linguistics itself inhabits an attitude towards life, a strategy for survival in a coarse and brutal reality.
Like the raft that carries the protagonist over dark waters, Rosa Liksom’s precise wordings carries the reader over the abysmal depths of mankind."
- Naima Chahboun
"The idea for the book was birthed when she considered the fact that nazis and alt-right activists once again march the streets all over the world. What might still be alluring in those hostile ideologies?
Rosa Liksom is known for her drastic humor and language, and that shines through in this novel as well, alongside the depictions of wrongdoings. But there is also a protruding poetic touch, especially apparent in the loving depictions of the nature in the Finnish Laplands."
"What is this? A love story? An absurdism, a picaresque with such a foul mouth that anyone who is somewhat of a prude should chose other means of entertainment rather than this short novel of 175 pages. But still - so full of wordings that draws blood from the reader in-between caressing them as tender as only honeymooners can!
The sun, the heat, the mosquitos, the birds return lawfully to the deserted land despite the ever present violence, and historically important people and events fall into the novel as easy as sprinkles on a cake.
The text does not seek the truth about time and space, but perhaps a possible truth about the vulnerability of the individual in what we call life."
"Through the old colonel’s wife’s last monologue or inner stream-of-conscience, Rosa Liksom portrays the history of war, the allies of Germany, the fear of the communists, the antisemitism, the fawners, the adjustments after the war. 'That’s how I’ve always said it', says the colonel’s wife in the end. 'The joy of the past life is that it never comes back again.'
[Liksom] has written this novel in meänkieli, and with a prose as sweaty and dirty as war itself. It is horrifying from time to time, but you have no choice but to stick it through and read. And sometimes cool down in the marches of the wasteland."
- Sveriges Radio P1
"The Colonel’s Wife is a story about incomprehensible love and submission. About fascistic instincts that reach full bloom, and about a frightening ability for adaption, both politically and privately. It is also a glimpse into a delight in wilderness, which transforms the moors and tundra of northern Finland into a realm of sensual adventure. Spun into a tight story about Finland’s catch 22 between Bolsheviks and Nazis in the first half of the 20th century, the result is a formidable literary feat. […] Conveyed in Rosa Liksom’s at once atmospheric and razor-sharp language, it is an alarmingly good read."
"The novel centers its marital drama in an exploration of Finland’s violent early 20th century history. These two narrative devices work excellently, and create an outstanding, short and concentrated novel."
"A Five-star novel. [...] Stories of relationship hell are nothing new, but The Colonel's Wife isn't just about marriage. It's an attempt to understand the historic period from whence the colonel's wife's blind love, and the colonel's sick love, draws its strength and destructiveness.
In The Colonel's Wife, Liksom examines the rise of fascism in Finland and Europe in the early 20th century, the coming of war, and the Finnish Whites' fierce belief in Nazi Germany and its alliance with Finland, at an individual level."
"As a contrast to the horrors, Liksom’s language blooms more beautiful than ever."
- Helsingin Sanomat
"Liksom pulls in the reader with her unique style. There is no other like her. She answers well to her own statement, that literature is not only supposed to entertain but to deal with the basic questions of humanity."
- Uusi Suomi