Daniel Katz
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249 pages

Death of Orvar Klein

Orvar Kleinin kuolema

valtioThe fascinating story of Orvar Klein.

Death of Orvar Klein is a novel about the life of Orvar Klein, about how this Crimean War veteran, the son of a Jewish shoemaker-turned-alcoholic, almost accidentally became an antiques dealer in Helsinki and then, as a result of a series of strange events, becme Ivan Turbinka, antiques dealer from the city of Helsinki.

It is also a thrilling story of scandalous insurance fraud and other kinds of criminal acts at the beginning  of the 20th century, and of how what goes around comes around, often in unexpected ways. In addition, it is a delightful saga about the Jews of Finland, whom the author so unforgettably described in his acclaimed debut novel, When Grandfather Skied to Finland.



State Prize of Literature, 1977


Finnish PDF
French translation
German translation

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Croatia (Ceres)
France (Gaia)
Germany (Hinstorff), rights reverted
Sweden (Raben & Sjögren)