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Finnish-Estonian novelist and playwright Sofi Oksanen discusses her novel Purge, an international bestseller that has won Finland’s most prestigious literary awards.

Set in 1992, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of occupying forces in Estonia, Purge tells the story of two Estonian women from different generations—one that struggled against the Soviet occupation in the 1940s and one trapped by the cruel realities of Europe at the end of the 20th century.