”The Midwife is one of the most opinionated novels I've read in a long time. It is about existence where all boundaries have been crossed, and Katja Kettu creates this using language that is equally boundless. Her text throbs with longing and sensuality. The narrative writhes and bends like the wildest branches of a tree. It is hypnotic, you cannot shield yourself from it, and Janina Orlov’s rich translation ensures that the reader misses nothing.”

- Annina Rabe, Svenska Dagbladet

Polar Queen of Literature

Writer, animation director Katja Kettu (b. 1978) is a multifarious artist who perceives the world through words and pictures. She views writing as a form of translation – from reality to another potential reality. She hails from Rovaniemi, graduated as an animator director from the Turku Arts Academy and studied Finnish literature at the University of Tampere. Kettu later ended up in Helsinki, via Tallinn and London, where she teaches scriptwriting, makes music videos and works as a freelancer with writing and movies.

The beautiful and the ugly, sublime and sordid alternate in Kettu’s writing. Her idiosyncratic way of using language draws on the tradition of northern grotesque but with a sprinkling of magical realism.

Kettu considers herself a humorist of misfortune as well as a feminist and a person. She likes silence and dreams of devoting herself to her dog’s happiness again.
Katja Kettu

News

09.11.2018

Finlandia prize nomination for Rose on poissa

Katja Kettu’s new book Rose on poissa has been nominated for the Finlandia prize 2018. The winner will be announced on 28th of November

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