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Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning author, playwright and director. Much of her work examines the themes of art, identity and social norms. Turunen is known for her three higly acclaimed novels, Irrational Things 2021, The Bystander 2018 and Love/Monster 2015, but also for her work in theatre. Her plays have been translated into several languages and they’ve been performed around the world.


Lea-Award 2020
City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award 2018
Thalia-Award 2017
Finland Prize 2016
Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize 2015


Foreign Rights: Elina Ahlback Literary Agency
Plays: Drama Corner
Stage productions: Turunen Company
Blog: Goodreads
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