Pushkin Acquires Finnish Feminist Fantasy Series
15th Jan 2015
In the wake of the Hunger Games phenomenon, and the ensuing wave of YA books dealing with feminist themes and alternate realities, publishers seem primed for the next big name in the young-and-powerful-woman mould.
Pushkin Children’s Books has looked to Finland for its inspiration and found it in the shape of author Maria Turtschaninoff, whose third novel for young people won the Finlandia Junior Prize in November 2014.
Maresi: Punaisen luostarin kronikoita (which translates as Maresi: Chronicles of the Red Monastery) is currently available in Swedish and Finnish, and sets the action in a fantasy past where girls find safety in a matriarchal society.
The first volume in what will become The Red Abbey Chronicles, Maresi promises to be “intelligent writing for young adults, in the vein of Ursula K Le Guin” with “a strong and timely feminist message”.
We’ll get to judge for ourselves when the book is published in 2016.