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Sofi Oksanen, Persona del Año en Estonia

Sofi Oksanen firmando ejemplares. Fuente: hs.fi

¿Se acuerdan de la finlandesa Sofi Oksanen? Apareció un par de veces en la última semana en Moleskine Literario. Primero, por la reseña que hice de su conmovedora novela traducida al castellano por 451 editores, Las vacas de Stalin, y luego por una entrevista aparecida en un blog español. Pues al parecer, las menciones le han traído suerte. Gracias a The Literary Saloon me entero que Sofi Oksanen ha sido nombrada Persona del Año en Estonia, pese a haber nacido en Finlandia, y es considerada la Embajadora No Oficial de la Cultura Estonia por hablar constantemente del país de origen de su familia. Por lo demás, su novela Puhdistus (”Purge”) es un éxito enorme. ¿Para cuándo en castellano?

Sofi Oksanen is a thoroughly positive person, said Merit Kopli, the Editor-in-Chief of Postimees, the largest daily newspaper in Estonia. On Thursday Postimees named Sofi Oksanen Person of the Year 2009. The choice was unanimous. The popularity of Oksanen’s novel Puhdistus (”Purge”) in Finland has showed the Estonians that the difficult history of Estonia can be understood even abroad. When Puhdistus was showered with literary prizes in Finland, the atmosphere in Estonia was like an Estonian skier had won a gold medal at the Olympic Games. Puhdistus has been translated into 26 languages. "Sofi Oksanen is Estonia’s unofficial cultural ambassador”, said Kopli. Sofi Oksanen’s meetings with her readers in various parts of Estonia have been a success. In Tallinn a man knelt in the street in front of Oksanen. The incident describes well how Estonians feel about the author. "Puhdistus has also had an impact on business connections”, said Valdar Liive, the Director of Foreign Investments and Trade Promotion at Enterprise Estonia, Helsinki, speaking at the nomination ceremony on Thursday. Today, Postimees writes about Sofi Oksanen in its leading article. The different conceptions of history in the two adjacent states is not only a consequence of their different fates but it is also attributable to the different knowledge base of these states on which their conception of history rests. It is this gap, an unbelievably large difference between Finland and Estonia relating to historical memories, that Sofi Oksanen has started to fill, Postimees writes.

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