A Stranger Came to the Farm

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A Stranger Came to the Farm
First US edition
AuthorMika Waltari
Original titleVieras mies tuli taloon
TranslatorNaomi Walford
Putnam (US)
Publication date
Published in English

A Stranger Came to the Farm (Finnish: Vieras mies tuli taloon) is a 1937 novel by the Finnish writer Mika Waltari. It tells the tragic story of a farming couple where the husband is an alcohol abuser.


The book was published in Finnish by WSOY in 1937. It appeared in English in 1952, translated by Naomi Walford and published by Putnam.[1]


Edmund Fuller of Saturday Review wrote that the book

is effective, striking, in many ways. Yet in spite of the sparseness and compactness of the book [Waltari] manages to make it almost lush, or purple, in some of its passages. It is good of its kind, but I am afraid it is more of an interesting item in relation to Waltari's body of work than an enhancement of his reputation.[2]


The book has been adapted for film twice, in 1938 by Wilho Ilmari as Vieras mies tuli taloon and in 1957 by Hannu Leminen as The Stranger.[3][4]


  1. ^ "A stranger came to the farm". WorldCat. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  2. ^ Fuller, Edmund (1952-11-29). "Finnish Tragedy". Saturday Review. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  3. ^ "Vieras mies tuli taloon (1938)". Elonet (in Finnish). Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  4. ^ "Vieras mies (1957)". Elonet (in Finnish). Retrieved 2016-07-17.