A Stranger Came to the Farm

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A Stranger Came to the Farm
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First US edition
AuthorMika Waltari
Original titleVieras mies tuli taloon
TranslatorNaomi Walford
PublisherWSOY
Putnam (US)
Publication date
1937
Published in English
1952
Pages211

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.

Publication[edit]

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]

Reception[edit]

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]

Adaptations[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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.