Paavo Haavikko
Paavo Haavikko was a Finnish
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 and playwright
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, considered one of the country's most outstanding writers. He won the Neustadt Prize for literature in 1984.

From 1967 to 1983, he was literary director of the Otava publishing company, and from 1989 to his death owner of the Art House publishing company.


  • Aleksis Kivi Prize, Finnish Literature Society, 1966
  • Pro Finlandia Medal, 1967,
  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of Helsinki, 1969
  • Knight First Class of the White Rose of Finland, 1978


  • Tiet etäisyyksiin (1951) WSOY
  • Tuuliöinä (1953) Otava
  • Synnyinmaa (1955) Otava
  • Lehdet lehtiä (1958) Otava
  • Talvipalatsi (1959) Otava (The Winter Palace)
  • Puut, kaikki heidän vihreytensä (1966) Otava
  • Runoja matkalta salmen ylitse (1973) Otava
  • Kaksikymmentä ja yksi (1974) Otava; English translation One and twenty (2007) Translated by Anselm Hollo. Beaverton
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  • Puolustuspuhe (1977) WSOY - poems and aforisms
  • Viisi sarjaa nopeasti virtaavasta elämästä (1987) Art House
  • Toukokuu, ikuinen (1988) Art House
  • Rakkaudesta ja kuolemasta (1989) Art House
  • Talvirunoja (1990) Art House
  • Puiden ylivertaisuudesta (1993) Art House
  • Prosperon runot (2001) Art House

Poetry compilations

  • Runot 1951–1961 (1962) Otava
  • Runot 1949–1974 (1975) Otava
  • Runoelmat (1975) Otava
  • Sillat. Valitut runot (1984) Otava
  • Runot! Runot 1984–1992 WSOY 1992
    Includes After the Deadline (1984), Con amore, con furore (1985), Viisi sarjaa nopeasti virtaavasta elämästä (1987), Toukokuu, ikuinen (1988), Talvirunoja (1990), Musta herbaario (1992) and all the poems from aphorism books Pimeys (1984) and Kansalaisvapaudesta (1989). When After the Deadline and Con amore, con furore were first published, the author distributed them only to a small circle of friends. Musta herbaario was previously unpublished.
  • Kirjainmerkit mustat. Runot 1949–1966 (1993) WSOY
  • Tyrannin ylistys. Runot 1970–1981 (1994) WSOY
  • Valitut runot (2006) WSOY


  • Münchausen; Nuket: Kaksi näytelmää (1960) Otava
  • Ylilääkäri: Kaksi näytelmää (1968) Otava. Includes plays Ylilääkäri and Agricola ja kettu.
  • Soitannollinen ilta Viipurissa 1918 (1978) Otava ISBN 951-1-04977-1.
  • Viisi pientä draamallista tekstiä (1981) Otava ISBN 951-1-06332-4.
  • Sulka: 12 näytelmää (1997) WSOY. ISBN 951-0-21855-3.
    Includes: Sulka (1973). Ratsumies (1974) (The Horseman), Kuningas lähtee Ranskaan (1974) (The King Goes Forth to France), Harald Pitkäikäinen (1974), Agricola ja kettu (1968), Kuningas Harald, jäähyväiset (radio play, 1978), Kaisa ja Otto (1976), Herra Östanskog (1981), Ne vahvimmat miehet ei ehjiksi jää (1976), Naismetsä (radio play, 1989), Englantilainen tarina (1990), Anastasia ja minä (1992) (Anastasya and I).
  • Airo ja Brita (1999) Art House ISBN 951-884-259-0.
  • Hitlerin sateenvarjo (2004) WSOY ISBN 951-0-29123-4.

External links

  • Biography at Pegasos literature site
  • Biography by Finnish Literature Society
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  • Biography by Otava publishing house
  • Biography by WSOY publishing house
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