Terhi Rannela (born 1980) is a prolific, versatile Finnish author who has published 18 books. Her themes include women, war history, and the impact of ideologies. She has written both adult fiction and YA novels.
Photo: Laura Vesa
Rannela’s historical novels Frau and Punaisten kyynelten talo [The House of Red Tears] draw on true events. Frau tells the story of Lina Heydrich, wife of a brutal Nazi officer. Punaisten kyynelten talo plumbs the terror of the Red Khmer through a child’s eyes.
For younger readers Rannela has written books that tackle social issues as well as light entertainment for girls. She cares deeply about promoting reading among young people.
Her book about school violence, Taivaan tuuliin, has been translated into German with the title “Blown Away” (Kosmos Verlag).
A collection of tales about her own travels, “Kesyt kaipaavat, villit lentävät” [“Tame Ones Wish, Wild Ones Take Wing”] (2018) opens a new chapter in Rannela’s work.
“Punaisten kyynelten talo should be translated into all the languages of the world for all people in the world to read.”
(Seppo Jokinen, Finland’s most loved detective story author)
“Jumping between time periods and traveling between objective events and subjective memories, Frau is an incomparable work of literary art. While it may be light on the surface, the subject matter and significance are profound.”
(Kari Salminen of the newspaper Turun Sanomat)
“Frau is a breathtaking work!”
(Leena Lumi, Finland’s most popular blogger on books)
“Punaisten kyynelten talo is also a good book, but Frau is even better. Rannela has found her full writer’s voice in Frau. I might just as well say it directly: Frau is a perfect book!”
(the blog Luettua elämää, a reader’s journal)
Translation: Jill Timbers