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's Harjunpää stories have also been adapted for Film & TV. Joensuu's work has been translated into English, Bulgarian, Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, French, Swedish, German, Slovak, Danish, Hungarian, Armenian, Russian and Estonian.

Timo Harjunpää novels[edit]

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). Another major character is Harjunpää's police partner Onerva Nykänen.

  • Väkivallan virkamies (1976)
  • Possu ja paavin panttivangit (1977)
  • Harjunpää ja pyromaani (1978)
  • Harjunpää ja kapteeni Karhu (1981)
  • Harjunpää ja ahdistelija (1982)
  • Harjunpää ja poliisin poika (1983) (Harjunpää and the Stone Murders, translated in English by Raili Taylor)
  • Harjunpää ja heimolaiset (1984)
  • Harjunpää ja rakkauden lait (1985)
  • Harjunpää ja kiusantekijät (1986)
  • Harjunpää ja rakkauden nälkä (1993) (To Steal Her Love, translated in English by David Hackston)
  • Harjunpää ja pahan pappi (2003) (The Priest of Evil, translated in English by David Hackston)
  • Harjunpää ja rautahuone (2010)

Harjunpää adaptations[edit]

Year of Release Title Harjunpää actor Media type
1983 Harjunpää och kalla döden / Harjunpää ja kylmä kuolema Johan Simberg TV
1985 Harjunpää och antastaren / Harjunpää ja ahdistelija Johan Simberg TV
1993 Harjunpää ja kiusantekijät Kari Heiskanen Film
1995 Harjunpää ja heimolaiset Kari Heiskanen TV
2007 Rakkauden nälkä Markku Maalismaa TV
2010 Harjunpää ja pahan pappi (Priest of Evil) Peter Franzén Film

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