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Epic of the Finnish People
Edited by George C. Schoolfield
Translated by Eino Friberg -
Illustrated by Björn Landström
Hard cover, 408 pages.
Color and black & white illustrations
Raid and the Blackest Sheep by Harri Nykanen. Raid is a hard-nosed, but
hit man. In our first book,
Raid and the Blackest Sheep, Raid
travels with an aging
criminal Nygren throughout Finland. As they
journey northward, Nygren puts his affairs in
order, wreaking vengeance on those who have
wronged him and paying penance to those he has
wronged. Their first stop is at a church, where a
sham preacher is fleecing his congregation...
The Dark Side of Helsinki (100 criminal
stories) by Jarkko Sipila
Under the North Star 3
Reconciliation is the third installment of Väinö Linna's trilogy, Under the North Star (Täällä pohjantähden alla). It depicts the experience of the Koskela family during the sometimes turbulent first decades of Finland independence. Linna's captivating style of writing and psychological understanding of the interaction between individual feelings and social order is here more refined than ever. Reconciliation offers a detailed account of attitudes toward the social reforms that came about as a consequence of the Civil War of 1918. In addition the novel describes the traumas Finland's people experienced during the first 30 years of independence: right wing extremism and the Lapua movement of 1929-32; severe depression in the 1930s; the-Winter War of 1939-40; and the Continuation War of 1941-44. The volume ends with the calm of the first post-World War II years.
Under the North Star 2
420 pages Sold Out
Under the North Star [Vol. 1]
by Väinö Linna
The Sauna Cookbook
Food for Body and SoulFood for Body and Soul is a tribute to Scandinavian cooking and the Finnish sauna tradition. More than 130 carefully chosen recipes balance traditional and modern culinary culture.
A relaxing and refreshing visit to the sauna combines naturally with good food and drink. The recipes in The Sauna Cookbook offer suggestions for delightful sauna afternoons and evenings - from sauna beverages-and fish baked on the sauna Stove to light salads or festive meals complete with homemade breads and condiments. A special chapter is devoted to traditional Christmas sauna entertaining.
Authors Tuula Kaitila and Edey Saarinen, drawing on both their Finnish and North American cooking experience, provide clear, easy-to-follow instructions, and offer informative and helpful cooks comments.
Hardcover only; 180 pages, color photographs (ISBN 0-9731053-5-6)
Documentary Films available from Raivaaja:
Fire and Ice
The Winter War of Finland and Russia
Produced, directed and written by Ben Strout
A MasterWorks Media Production
DVD Format only: $20.00
Letters from Karelia
Father, Brother, Comrade, Spy
Directed and Edited by Kelly Saxberg
A National Film Board of Canada Production
Available in DVD or VHS format (please specify) $29.00
Finnish Communities in
North America and Soviet Karelia during the Depression Era
Edited by Ronald Harpelle, Varpu Limdström
and Alexis Pogorelskin
This book is a collection of articles about the exodus of Finnish Canadians and Finnish Americans to Soviet Karelia in the 1930s. These articles were originally papers presented in March 2004 at a conference in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, dealing with Finnish communities in North America and Soviet Karelia during the Depression. The conference featured speakers from Russia, Finland, Sweden, the United States, and Canada.
The following articles are included:
Lamentations on Mayme Sevander’s Life by’ Raija Warkentin; ‘The Finnish Canadian Communities during the Decade of Depression “by Varpu Lindstrom; Communism and the Co-ops: Recruiting and Financing the Finnish-American Migration to Karelia” by Alexis E. ‘Pegorelskin; Sudbury in the Great Depression: The Tumultuous Years” by Oiva Saarinen and Gerry Tapper; “A Remarkable Place, An Eventful Year: Politics and Recreation ’Minnesota's Mesaba Co-op Park in 1936” by Arnold R. Alanen;
“Murder” in the Bush: The Making of a Modem Myth by Peter Raffo; “From the Frying Pan into the Fire North American Finns in Soviet Karelia” by Tuna Takala; “The Fate of Finnish Canadians in Soviet Karelia” by Eila Lahti-Argutina; “The Soviet Depression and Finnish immigrants in Soviet Karelia” by Markku Kangaspuro; “Framing the Finnish Experience in the Soviet Union: Comparing Finnish and North American Finns” by Imo Vihavainen; “The- Experience of Finnish-North American Writers in Soviet Karelia in the 1930s” by Mike Ylikangas; “Pipeline Accident on Lake Onega: A Study of Ethnic Conflict in Soviet Kare1ia, 1934” by Alexis Pororelskin; “Recruitment of Swedish immigrants to Soviet Karelia” by Kaa Eneberg; “Memories of the North American Depression among Finnish Americans in the Soviet Union” by Helena Miettinen and Raja Warkentin.
A Journal of Finnish Studies special issue
Soft cover, 226 pages, photos, maps, illustrations
Just For YouBrent Buswell’s second CD includes Pennsylvania Polka,
Vagabond Waltz, Johan Pa Snippen, Barbara Polka,
Amazing Grace, Accordion Oberek, Finn Polka, Rag in
D Minor, German Waltz Medley, Achtung Los, Bel
Viso, Waltz Allegro, What a Friend We Have in Jesus,
Battle Hymn of The Republic, Armed Forces Medley
Buswell is joined on this recording by Alex Meixner
on drums, bass, second accordion and keyboard.
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