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I’ve just finished an advance copy of When I Forgot by Elina Hirvonen—a debut novel that was hugely successful in Finland, and that will be published here in November by Portobello Books. It’s a slim, highly charged story, told through the eyes of Anna, a woman in her twenties, as she struggles to articulate the burdens of her family history: her brother’s battles with mental illness, her father’s violence, her boyfriend’s father’s traumas from the Vietnam war. Translation often has a distancing effect on language, but here I found a slightly glazed quality…

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