Riikka was born in 1980 and spent her youth in Oulu, a town on Finland’s northwest coast, with her father (a lawyer), mother (a doctor), and two sisters. During that time, she was also a very talented athlete.
Riikka has studied literature and philosophy at Helsinki University. Nowadays she lives in Helsinki with her family where she writes and does her jogging without a stopwatch.
Riikka belongs to the frontmost names among the new generation of Finnish literary fiction authors. She is also one of the best known contemporary Finnish writers internationally: her works have been translated into around twenty languages.
Her debut novel The Limit (Raja, 2006) was met with rave reviews and immediate sales success in Finland. She came to the attention of international literary circles with her second novel, True (Totta, 2010). It was also shortlisted for the Finlandia Fiction Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Finland, and has been adapted for the stage.
Pulkkinen’s novels are compelling stories told in gracefully flowing prose. The sensual elegance and poetic poignancy of her language and images turn her narration into an enchanting reading experience.
Pulkkinen excels at describing how different generations deal with the very largest questions of life: love, sex, faith, and death. Her novels are often family sagas, exploring the closely guarded secrets of the past and their impact on people. Light on the surface, deep on the inside, Pulkkinen’s prose takes the reader effortlessly towards the deepest philosophical issues.
Pulkkinen is loved both by the critics and by her avid and large readership which consists of various different age groups.
The rights for Riikka Pulkkinen’s novels have been sold to publishers around the world. Current rights sold and published translations for each of her books can be viewed in the books section.