Destination: Helsinki

January 30, 2013
by WLT
Helsinki in winter
Helsinki in winter. Photo Anthony Tison/Flickr

If you’re like most of us, you’re interested in visiting cities all over the world but unable to do so, or at least do so as much as you’d like. In our new blog series, we invite you to travel through literature. We began last week in Oslo. In today’s post, we’re headed to Helsinki, home of the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, Art Meets Ice, and the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. So make a batch of blinis and dive into one of these books—the next best thing to being there.

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When I Forgot by Elina Hirvonen, tr. Douglas Robinson (pain, recollection, and hope)
When I Forgot 

Helsinki: A Cultural and Literary History (Cities of the Imagination Series) by Neil Kent (culture, history, travel)
Helsinki: A Cultural and Literary History 

My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen, tr. Owen Witesman (crime)
My First Murder 

Against the Wall by Jarkko Sipilä, tr. Peter Ylitalo Leppa (crime)
Against the Wall 

Helsinki White by James Thompson (thriller)
Helsinki White 

The Healer by Antti Tuomainen, tr. Lola Rogers (dystopian)
The Healer by Antti Tuomainen