Translators of international literature serve to dissolve stereotypes and open our eyes to the common humanity between people of varying nationalities, cultures and backgrounds.
Join us in celebrating the gift translators have to offer, and expand your view of universal literature with a series of monthly presentations featuring local translators and their books.
In the second event the series Lola Rogers presents The Colonel's Wife. Based on the life of Finnish writer Annikki Kariniemi.
An old woman living in a remote part of Lapland tells the unvarnished story of her life as a nature writer, free spirit, and fervent fascist. Raised by far-right partisans of the bloody Finnish Civil War and married at a young age to her beloved Colonel, she experiences the violent consequences first hand as her country's alliance with Nazi Germany, and her own marriage, turn brutally cruel.
About the Translator and Author
Lola Rogers is a full-time freelance translator living in Seattle. She has translated literary and speculative fiction, historical novels, comic novels and crime novels, and contributed translations of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to a variety of journals and anthologies.
Lola’s translations include works by Rosa Liksom, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, Johanna Sinisalo, and Sofi Oksanen. Her translation of Oksanen’s novel When the Doves Disappeared was a nominee for the 2016 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun won the 2017 Prometheus Award.
Rosa Liksom is a Finnish writer and filmmaker who has been active since 1985. She wrote the first three of her books in Kristiania, Copenhagen while working in a bakery and helping out at a local store. she moved back to Helsinki, Finland in 1987.