‘There they stood, bumbling into lines with a bit of difficulty: Mother Finland’s chosen sacrifice to world history’
Unknown Soldiers follows the fates of a ramshackle troupe of machine-gunners in the Second World War, as they argue, joke, swear, cadge a loaf of bread or a cigarette, combat both boredom and horror in the swamps and pine forests – and discover that war will make or break them. One of Finland’s best-loved books, this gritty and unromantic depiction of battle honours the dogged determination of a country and the bonds of brotherhood forged between men at war, as they fight for their lives.
‘A rediscovered classic… profound and enriching… Unknown Soldiers still has the power to shock’ Herald
‘One of the best war novels ever written’ Guardian
About the Author
Väinö Linna (1920–1992) was one of the most influential Finnish authors of the 20th century. He shot to immediate literary fame with his third novel, Tuntematon sotilas (Unknown Soldiers), and consolidated his position with the trilogy Täällä Pohjantähden alla (Under the North Star).