Matti Yrjänä Joensuu

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Matti Yrjänä Joensuu in 2010

Matti Yrjänä Joensuu (31 October 1948, Helsinki, Finland – 4 December 2011, Valkeakoski, Finland)[1][2] was a Finnish writer of crime fiction.[3] He has been awarded the State's Literature Prize (1982), Vuoden johtolanka prize (1985, 1994, 2004), and he has been nominated for two Finlandias.[4] He received the Martin Beck Award in 1987.

Joensuu has written several novels about the personal life and work of policeman Timo Harjunpää. He is a very credible and pleasant man, who treats the criminals as humanely as his own family, which consists of Timo, his wife Elisa and three children (Valpuri, Pipsa and Pauliina).

Harjunpää has also been shown on TV. Joensuu's work has been translated into English, Bulgarian, Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, French, Swedish, German, Slovak, Danish, Hungarian, Russian and Estonian.

Works[edit]

  • Harjunpää and the Stone Murders (Victor Gollancz 1986), translated by Raili Taylor (Harjunpää ja poliisin poika, 1983)
  • The Priest of Evil (Arcadia 2006), translated by David Hackston (Harjunpää ja pahan pappi, 2003)
  • To Steal Her Love (Arcadia 2008), translated by David Hackston (Harjunpää ja rakkauden nälkä, 1993)
  • La stanza di ferro (Elliot edizioni, 2013), traduzione di Rosario Fina

References[edit]

  1. ^ Otava: Joensuu, Matti Yrjänä
  2. ^ Helsingin Sanomat: Matti Yrjänä Joensuu (1948-2011)
  3. ^ Ruohonen, Voitto: Paha meidän kanssamme: Matti Yrjänä Joensuun romaanien yhteiskuntakuvasta, Otava, 2005
  4. ^ Interview with Joensuu