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Novelist Rimminen Wins Finlandia Prize

Finland's biggest literary prize has been awarded to Mikko Rimminen, 35. The winning novel, Nenäpäivä ( Red Nose Day) is about a lonely middle-aged woman who poses as a public-opinion pollster in order to meet people.

Mikko Rimminen
Mikko Rimminen

This is the third novel by Rimminen, who has also published two books of poetry. His debut Pussikaljaromaani ( Park Life) was shortlisted for the same award in 2004. It has since been published in six countries and is being made into a film.

The Finlandia Prize is worth 30,000 euros. The winner was chosen from a shortlist of six by YLE cultural journalist Minna Joenniemi.

YLE literary reporter Seppo Puttonen, meanwhile, compares the novel's mood to the films of Aki Kaurismäki, a darkly humorous look at those on the fringes of society. He also sees it as carrying on the Finnish male literary tradition of F.E. Sillanpää, Veikko Huovinen and Kari Hotakainen.

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