Rosa Liksom

is a Finnish writer and artist. She studied anthropology and social sciences at the universities of Helsinki, Copenhagen and Moscow. Liksom won the Finlandia Prize in 2011 for Hytti nro 6 (Compartment Number 6, translated by Lola Rogers, published Serpent’s Tail, 2014) and the J.H. Erkko Award in 1985 for her debut novel Yhden yön pysäkki.


The Tornio River forms the border between Sweden and Finland, and flows into the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. Throughout the ages, writes Rosa Liksom, the world’s travellers have navigated the river with a view to finding out about the mystical North.

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