Warmest congratulations to Tuomas Kyrö, who is shortlisted for the Non-Fiction Finlandia Prize with his book DO OR DIE: THE TALE OF A FRONTLINE WARRIOR (Aleksi Suomesta, WSOY 2023)!
The Jury’s reasoning:
This eye-opening non-fiction book shows the reader the Ukrainian battlefield, uncensored, through the eyes of a Finnish soldier. Neither the protagonist, nor the author, nor the reader returns from this journey unchanged. The structure is insightful and the premise humane: killing is horrible, racism hurts, and even the most resilient mind can be broken.
The winner will be announced November 29.