Actual reviews of Oksanen's novel have been less flattering than the writer's own popularity might suggest
Sofi Oksanen is a thoroughly positive person, said Merit Kopli, the Editor-in-Chief of Postimees, the largest daily newspaper in Estonia.
On Thursday Postimees named Sofi Oksanen Person of the Year 2009. The choice was unanimous.
The popularity of Oksanen’s novel Puhdistus (”Purge”) in Finland has showed the Estonians that the difficult history of Estonia can be understood even abroad.
When Puhdistus was showered with literary prizes in Finland, the atmosphere in Estonia was like an Estonian skier had won a gold medal at the Olympic Games. Puhdistus has been translated into 26 languages.
”Sofi Oksanen is Estonia’s unofficial cultural ambassador”, said Kopli.
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Sofi Oksanen named Person of the Year in Estonia