Rosa Liksom

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Rosa Liksom is a Finnish writer and artist. She won the J. H. Erkko Award in 1985 for her debut novel Yhden yön pysäkki and the Finlandia Prize in 2011 for Hytti nro 6.

Rosa Liksom studied anthropology and social sciences at the universities of Helsinki, Copenhagen and Moscow.  She was born in Lapland, Finland, In the very far North, in the Meän language area. Her parents were farmers and reindeer breeders. At the age of 17 she moved to Helsinki. She had miscellaneous jobs and studied anthropology in the university. She spent her youth (occupying buildings and) living in squats and communes throughout Europe. She lived in Kristiania, Copenhagen for four years and spent many summers in Paris. She also lived in Northern Norway and Island and spent the Breznev era in Moscow. She wrote the first three of her books in Kristiania as she was working in a bakery and helping out at a local store. She moved back to Helsinki, Finland in 1987.

Besides writing books, she has also painted and made shortfilms since 1985. She has made comicbooks, a colouring book and children's books. Writing and creating all kinds of art is a way of life for her. She does all of this because she (simply) enjoys it so much (enormously).



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