Joel Elstelä’s ZIRCCO FANTASTICO nominated for the Finlandia Fiction Prize!

Joel Elstelä’s novel Zircco Fantastico (Sirkusleijonan mieli, WSOY 2021) is nominated for the prestigious Finlandia Fiction Prize!

‘Reading the novel is a strong bodily experience. The language used to describe emotions is apt and precise. The narrative is compelling, the phrases are flowing, the circus world is sensuous and the circus wagon metaphor is potent. Questions of responsibility, self-deceit and turning a blind eye are dealt with in a way that is touching and relatable.’ – Statement of the Jury