Her latest novel, ”Testament” has tokhyllats and has already been called one of the year's most interesting. Right now is Nina Wähä in the full process of reading his epic about a grand (both figuratively and literally) family in the Finnish Karelia as an audiobook, and may, for the first time to taste how it sounds.
– Before I started reading I had a sort of modest hubris, I mean why is writing not all this good? But when I read it out loud as I found some problems, there are some tungvrickarpartier, words such as ”subsistence level” set to it.
– But notice that I still, in some chapters, to heck what the turns are.
Perhaps it has a little to do that she comes from a big family (”I have lots of uncles”) who loved to tell and listen to stories.
" I grew up surrounded by the breathtaking stories about things that have happened. When I got older I understood that everything might not had happened for real, but you never know where the line is. And the book is influenced by these events.
think much about the book, and have said, with an ingenious smile, ”all is not true.” But she has proudly bought the book to all of their brethren still living in the Finnish torne valley.
" I don't think they've read it yet. But I know that they love the stories. When Mikael Niemis ”popular Music from Vittula” came, my relatives reading aloud. They thought that the book was about them.
Nina Wähä have always wanted to tell, but it has taken various forms through the years. As a young man, she held on a lot with the theatre, Our theatre in Hässelby gård was her salvation during childhood and adolescence.
" I was born and raised in Portland, both of my parents are immigrants. As we had no family here, and the lack of natural context, as it created a feeling I really belonged to.
Perhaps reinforced the feeling that she grew up as a bilingual, she believes. The world felt uncertain.
– In some ways, I have felt marginalized, and it is the marginalized people I want to write about.
the third book. The first two she wrote, it was only after the hand that it turned out that it was actually finished stories. But then, she had not formulated the premise for why she wrote.
" I knew what I wanted to tell you, but not why. I do not believe that any writer needs to formulate itself, but I needed it. So, for this book is worded I pretty early on why I needed to write.
It is the marginalized people I want to write about.
Partly it was that she had a child, and that once they have begun to become larger, it felt important to be able to show them that you can have a job you enjoy going to, and that life need not only be a yearning for the weekend.
– At the same time was my grandmother sick in Alzheimer's disease. She's still alive, but in a way she is gone. I began to think about her a lot, that when she dies, they die also all her experience.
in the 1920s in what was then the Finnish Karelia. She never got to go to school but learned to read of an older brother. She was a young girl when the war broke out in 1939 and a part of scandinavia.
The finns who lived there had three days to leave everything, if they did not want to become russians. And it did not want to.
– It is only two generations away, and soon all of the witnesses away. In a hundred years the only evidence to be recorded by the white academic men in the cities, for it is they who write the history.
" So it became my premise, to broaden the fictional narrative. The premise is to apply on all my writing, " says Nina Wähä.
The characters in her latest book, was allowed to grow after the hand as she wrote.
" Perhaps it has to do with my skådespelarbakgrund, there is something that is related with taking a role and tackling the character.
the Book is written in the third person, most of the characters came naturally. But she was looking quite a long time after modern, Siri.
It was only when I allowed her to tell their story in first person which I found her. Ago I wrote about the story in the third person.