Rosa Liksom (b. 1958, Ylitornio/Finland) is a writer, artist, and filmmaker, whose works focus on unconventional lifestyles and individuals straddling diverse cultures. She studied anthropology and held a number of miscellaneous jobs, including at a fish factory, as a barmaid and as a radio producer. Having lived abroad for several years, she is now based in Helsinki.
Her first collection of short stories was published in 1985, and was followed by seven more collections of short stories, three novels and two children’s books. Kreisland (tr.: Crazeland, 1996) is a modern picaresque novel that explores the Finnish history of the 20th century. It is written in a variety of dialects and from diverse social and cultural perspectives. Compartment No. 6 (2011, Eng. 2014) is a critical satire about the Soviet era and Russian identities. In her photographic works, Liksom also explores foreign cultures such as in her photo series Burqa.
Rosa Liksom’s works have won numerous awards, including the prestigious Finlandia Prize for Compartment No. 6.
Weilin & Göös
Dalkey Archive Press
Victoria, TX, 2009
[tr.: David McDuff]
Compartment No 6
[tr.: Lola Rogers]