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Tuntematon sotilas

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,634 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Väinö Linnan kirjailijanuran loistava, historiallinen läpimurto. Sodan kritiikki ja suomalaisen sotilaan muistomerkki. Romaani, joka kulkee isältä pojalle.

Vuonna 2004 Tuntemattoman sotilaan ilmestymisestä tuli kuluneeksi 50 vuotta.
Paperback, 443 pages
Published 2007 by WSOY (first published 1954)
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Manny
Most people outside Scandinavia hardly even know what happened to Finland during World War II. Initially, the Russians had a non-aggression pact with the Germans, so that left their hands free to attack Finland. The Finns defended doggedly, but it looked like it was just a matter of time. Then the Germans launched Operation Barbarossa, and the Russians were suddenly fighting for their lives. The Finns, operating on the "enemy's enemy" principle, coordinated their counter-attack on Russia with th...more
Richard
Having read much on Finland, Russia, the Winter War, Mannerheim, the Continuation War, Finnish Civil War---I wanted a fictional account. I have read hundreds of quality war books, from Juengers books to Remarque, Grossmans "Life and Fate", Barry, Hemingway, Spanish Civil War, Russian, Irish, but this...this was hallucinatory, odd, strange. The men depicted are human: cowards, patriotic, afraid, horny, confused. Linna got much shit for this book. Impola says it wasn;t the best translation, but it...more
Jim
Read this in 81. When visting Finland 81 Helsinki Marathon I brought home 3 copies for friends in the States
Jevgenijs Scolokovs
One of the best books about the war I have ever read! Without pathos, without philosophy and another bla-bla-bla. The book describes important moment of Finland history. On the example of Finland it is possible to learn history of all Europe, and maybe the whole world of that time. In this book we can see original true Finland with her own history and traditions. It is perfectly possible to understand national character and temper of people. This is simple soldier's truth about the war. The trut...more
tuukka
i've always made sure that I haven't read a war book even by an accident. after long considerations i decided to read "tuntematon sotilas" (engl. the unknown soldier). this book has gained a cult reputation in finland and in "here" people keep it as a standard that each individual has at least read the book and seen the both filmed versions of it.

one could say that i'm far from war enthustiastic but yet i really liked the book. the thing that struck me most was the fact that all the (famous) wa...more
Guna
Grāmatas tulkotāja Maima Grīnberga ir paveikusi fantastisku darbu. Ārkārtīgi skaista un niansēta valoda (varu tikai apskaust), kas ļauj novērtēt latviešu valodas bagātīgumu. Tomēr trumpis ir dažādo izlokšņu attēlošana (oriģinālā to pavisam esot vienpadsmit) un nebaidīšanās saukt lietas īstajos vārdos (respektīvi, rupjības neaizstāt ar zvaigznītēm vai eifēmismiem), jo tulkotajās grāmatās esmu novērojusi, ka dažādas runas īpatnības tiek atmestas, kas savukārt pazudina daļu grāmatas atmosfēras. Jāa...more
J
This book, like everything else I’ve ever read by Linna, is great. If you’re interested at all in The Continuation War between the Soviet Union and Finland during WWII, this is your book. Even if you’re not, this makes for excellent reading anyway. It follows a plucky group of Finnish soldiers from training camp through their ultimate defeat. It’s both sad and funny with that typical dry Finnish wit. You come to really love all of the characters and feel everything they feel.
Karla
If I rated this on enjoyment, it'd only be 3 stars. But that was the fault of the translator. (I read a 1957 English translation with prose as stiff as a board.) However, the meat of the book still managed to come through and I could see how effective it was and the enduring theme of men in war.
Helene
En fryktelig historie fra vinterkrigen. Blir man ikke passifist av denne er det noe alvorlig galt fatt.
Matti
En kuulu heihin jotka katsovat Tuntematon sotilas -elokuvan joka itsenäisyyspäivä. Kirjan juoni ei siis ollut tuttu kun lähdin sitä lukemaan. Se on tottakai hyvä lähtökohta.

Väinö Linnan taitoa ihmiskuvaajana ei voi kuin ihmetellä. Varsinkin murteiden tarkka omaksuminen lyö ällikällä. Hahmot voi tunnistaa pelkistä repliikeistä. Miten yksi mies voi antaa kaikille näille hahmoille oman äänen ja hallita näin montaa murretta tällä tasolla?

Olen saanut sen kuvan että Rokka on se hahmo josta kaikki pitä...more
Janne Järvinen
A hugely popular Finnish classic. If I'm not mistaken, it's the number one all time best seller here. Too bad the English translation is said to be bad. I think the book is good enough to merit more international popularity. I read the Finnish language original.

The book was written in the fifties, and it's about the second of the two wars between the USSR and Finland during WWII. I gave it a really strong three stars. Four stars, were it for the depressing subject matter, which does not diminish...more
L'enfermé
I had to read this for school. No one really likes to be forced to read a book one doesn't have an interest in. I thought it would be a totally boring, considering how dull the dramatisation of this book (which is showed every year on TV in Finland, on 6th of December) is. How wrong I was. It still isn't my favourite book, but it turned out to be quite good actually, much better than I thought.

What I liked was the portrayal of relationships and mundane life of the men fighting on the front. Väi...more
Neko McEvil
The Unknown Soldier gives a very critical view on the Continuation War. Earlier war novels would describe the soldiers as brave strong men, which was needed for the Finnish people to believe in a time of crisis. Those characters were, however, very two-dimensional and mostly worked as propaganda for those not experiencing the war first-hand.

Linna gives a much more diverse view of the soldiers. During the course of the novel we meet a handful or two of soldiers who all seem to have their own kind...more
Kimmo
It is a sign of a good novel that, although a long time has passed since the reading of it, very much of the story and characters remain fresh in memory. This is certainly one of those books. I never read it as a Finn reading classic Finnish literature, let alone as a patriotic Finn proudly absorbing Finnish history, but simply as a cracking good story.

What impressed me the most is how the depiction of incredibly bleak situations intermingles with fleshy humor and characterization. When the nove...more
Ruth Bonetti
It took me a long time to read this, perhaps because I had trouble keeping track of the large cast of characters. I made notes in the back of the book to help me remember. Also because I knew many would die and there was no happy ending coming up. Actually I'm a little puzzled by that; I understood from a DVD documentary 'Beyond The Front Line' that the Finns fought valiantly to save their country from falling into Russian rule again, but gather from this it was a conceded victory rather than ou...more
Sara
In general, I avoid reading Finnish books. I don't like the angst and dull 'nothing's-happening-in-the-whole-book' situations. But Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier) is a book that snatched me from this time and place. Of course I'm familiar with the story (watching the movie is an annual thing for me and my family) but I didn't mind. Something about this book fascinates me and it has earned a highly appreciated center place in my book shelf.
Katrin
tuntematon sotilas on valttamatta yksi suomen suurimmista teoksista. sodan kurjuus ja kauhu on osa kirjasta ja ilman etta sita sanotaan suoraan tulee sodan hulluus meida eteen. ihmisten kuolemaa ei valiteta, sotilat elavat silla tiedolla aina ajatuksissaan. tama kirja on myos kuva suomen murteista. linna varmasti nautti hahmojen kehittamista heidan murteiden ja ominaisuuden avulla. linna nayttaa meille ei vaan sotaelama mutta talla kirjalla on myos kirjoittanut eepoksen suomen tunteista, sisusta...more
Simo Huopio
Uusi näkökulma edelliseen lukukertaan joka sijoittui 80-luvulle. Nyt oli vuorossa äänikirjaformaatti joka sopi dialogiin hyvin.
Sini
I have always thought that Finnish literature was all the same; boring. We had to read this book in school like almost everyone has to in Finland. And I got to say Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown soldier) has been one of the best books I have read in my short life. There are many persons in this book but all of them are (almost) likeable. Koskela, Rokka and Tassu were my favorite men in this book. And I think I'm going to read this book again at some point in my life. It's just so much more than...more
Rusakko
Amazing experience to read
Monty Milne
This superb book fully justifies its status as a Finnish classic. One tip: I found the large cast of characters with unfamiliar names rather confusing at first, so I made a bookmark and on it jotted down each character with some brief notes to make him more memorable. I found this very useful (I also did this with Tolstoy's War and Peace!)
Robert
An absolute must read, especially for a Finn. Brilliant, sad and shocking. The brutality of war and the heroism of the regular guy put into an impossible situation. Very hard to put down and easy to relate to the characters. Also a realistic (I think...) depiction of the war.
Lucy_van_pelt
Quintessential Finnish classic (alongside "Under the North Star and The Egyptian). I always wondered how the many Finnish dialects translated to English, but as I've only read the Finnish version, I can't answer that. For me they are the book's heart.
Anu
This is a Finnish must-read classic. I've grown up watching the movie every indepence day and pretty much knew the story and the lines by heart. But still, there's always something much more in the book.
Emma
It's a classic but it was at the same time funny, realistic and sometimes a bit sad. I think every Finnish should read this book at least once on their lifetime. Great book indeed.
WildernessGeneral
A masterpiece of Finnish literature. This book works on many levels. I enjoyed the dialog between the characters as much as the realistic battle descriptions.
Jossu
Aika raskasta luettavaa ainakin alussa
Mona Manelius
My favourite war book. We had to read this at high school and the book surprised me in a good way! I recommed this to every one.
Karita
I really didn't enjoy reading it, only giving 2 stars because #finnishpower (and it had nice characters so it was cool)
Alyanome
I don't like warbooks but this... This is special. It's about us, our history in quite realistic way.
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Väinö Linna was one of the most influential Finnish authors of the 20th century. He shot to immediate literary fame with his third novel, Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier, published in 1954), and consolidated his position with the trilogy Täällä Pohjantähden alla (Under the North Star, published in 1959–1963 and translated into English by Richard Impola).

Väinö Linna was born in Urjala in th...more
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