Posted by: koolwine | March 13, 2011

Estonia: Purge

Aliide finds a beaten and disheveled young woman passed out in front of her rural Estonian farmhouse. Little does she know that the girl’s appearance is no accident.

Country Focus: Estonia (Eesti in Estonian)

Sofi Oksanen
Translated by Lola Rogers
Originally published as Puhdistus in Finland, 2008.
My edition: Black Cat, 2010. 389 pgs.

Acclaim: International Bestseller; Winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize; Winner of the Finlandia Award



  1. I just finished this book (your copy actually) and loved it. You do a nice job describing the complex plot. I found myself curious about all the characters and am still not so sure what the “top secret” posts at the end reveal about Martin. Any ideas?Thanks for leaving the book for my daughter to pick up..she and my husband will read it too. Great book!


    • Glad you enjoyed the book…keep passing it on! I remember struggling to make sense of the Top Secret documents also.


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