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When the Doves Disappeared

A Novel

Written by Sofi Oksanen • Translated by Lola Rogers

Published February 07, 2015 | ISBN 9781770893986
FICTION / Historical / General

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304 pages | 9.00 in × 6.00 in
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About this book

When the Doves Disappeared

A Novel

Sofi Oksanen • Lola Rogers

Reader's Guide ↓

From the internationally acclaimed author of Purge comes a chillingly suspenseful, deftly woven new novel that opens up a little-known yet still controversial chapter of history: the occupation, resistance, and collaboration in Estonia during and after World War II.

1941: In Communist-ruled, war-ravaged Estonia, two men are fleeing from the Red Army — Roland, a fiercely principled freedom fighter, and his slippery cousin Edgar. When the Germans arrive, Roland goes into hiding; Edgar abandons his unhappy wife, Juudit, and takes on a new identity as a loyal supporter of the Nazi regime … 1963: Estonia is again under Communist control, independence even further out of reach behind the Iron Curtain. Edgar is now a Soviet apparatchik, desperate to hide the secrets of his past life and stay close to those in power. But his fate remains entangled with Roland’s, and with Juudit, who may hold the key to uncovering the truth…

In a masterfully told story that moves between the tumult of these two brutally repressive eras — a story of surveillance, deception, passion, and betrayal — Sofi Oksanen brings to life both the frailty, and the resilience, of humanity under the shadow of tyranny.

About the Author

Sofi Oksanen

SOFI OKSANEN is a Finnish Estonian novelist and playwright. Her novel Purge won the Prix Femina and the Nordic Council Literature Prize, and When the Doves Disappeared was the winner of the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Her latest novel, Norma, was a #1 bestseller in Finland and was a finalist for the Young Aleksis Literature Prize and the New Academy Prize in Literature.Oksanen was recently awarded a Medal of Honour by the Ukrainian Association in Finland. She has also received the Budapest Grand Prize, the European Book Prize, and the Chevalier Medal of Honour from the Ordre des Arts et des Lettresin France. She lives in Helsinki.

Lola Rogers

Awards and Praise
Sofi Oksanen writes with an artistically impeccable mix of raw brutality and an emotional wealth of detail. As a reader, one is drawn into the story by the text’s transmission of strong emotions: rage, disgust, grief, and compassion. But above all it is fear that constantly trembles over each page. The plot creates an atmosphere like that of le Carré.