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Tuntematon sotilas

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,968 Ratings  ·  86 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 December 3rd 1954)
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Dec 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Matti Karjalainen
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kaikille. Suuri suomalainen romaani.
Väinö Linnan "Tuntematon sotilas" (WSOY, 2009) on niitä kirjoja, joista on vaikea kirjoittaa mitään uutta tai ennen näkemätöntä. Olen lukenut kirjan useita kertoja, mutta lienenköhän viimeksi lukenut sen viimeksi opiskeluaikaan, yli kymmenen vuotta sitten? Niin tai näin, romaanin tapahtumat olivat hyvin mielessä ihan yksittäisten kohtausten ja jopa repliikkien tasolla.

Ei ole varmaan liioiteltua väittää, että kirja onkin osa jonkinlaista suomalaista kollektiivista tajuntaa, lainataanhan sitä tois
Tuntemattomasta sotilaasta puhuttaessa ei ole ylisanoja säästelty. Se on kaunistelematon ja rehellinen kokoelma kohtaloita. Aiheeltaan se on synkkä ja raskas, mutta ei täysin hylkää huumoria. Klassikko on yksi niistä kirjoista, joiden uskoo antavan vielä enemmän toisella tai kolmannella lukukerralla
Vilja / Kirjaneito
En pysty vielä prosessoimaan sitä mitä tulin juuri lukeneeksi. Minua itkettää. Lyhyesti sanottuna: loistava kirja.
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Omg! I did it! Only took me 16 years, but I finally finished this book!
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vaikka elokuvaversin Rokka oli jotenki todellä ärsyttävä, kirjassa nousi yhdeksi lempihahmoksi Koskelan rinnalle. Olen yllättynyt miten paljon kirjasta pidin ja miten mukaansatempaava se onkaan! Ne niin monet surkeat ihmiskohtalotmeni ihon alle ja monta kertaa itketti. Huh, voimakas ja vavisuttava teos. Kannatti ehdottomasti lukea!
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
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavia
Read this in 81. When visting Finland 81 Helsinki Marathon I brought home 3 copies for friends in the States
The title of this edition was "Unknown Soldiers" not "The Unknown Soldier" as many other English translations use. I think "Unknown Soldiers" is a much more apt title.

The Finnish-Russian Continuity War is described through one Finnish machine gun company from the start to armistice.

There is no single central character as it describes the men through their various backgrounds, social, political views, geographical and language. It gives a sense of the variety of the people of Finland.
The various
May 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anastasia aka Taurendil
A wonderful book! Not literally to be exact, but for some reason I really liked this book. Even as I had to read it to complete one course in school, it didn't get in the way of my literary enjoyment. And it is about war, not the nicest thing to read about.
Anyway, the way it was written and all the different characters captured me in the story, in this strange way. Because no one is the protagonist, though there are a few main characters, you don't know what others are doing or who is still goin
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
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
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book left me totally speechless. It sounds wrong to say I loved every page of it because war isn't something that is pretty or clear. But I loved this. I feel like I haven't ever read something so purely true or Finnish. And I could turn the book around and read it again right now.
Luin tän ekalla keralla ysiluokalla ja nyt toisen kerran lukion toisella. Kuten ysiluokalla en taaskaan muista kirjasta oikein mitään - tykkäsin kuitenkin :-)
This novel was a rather interesting venture into the Finnish-Russian war, something I sadly had not heard of before I read this book. The fact that it is a very well-known book in the Finnish literary canon surprises me, as it did not include any memorable lessons or pieces of knowledge that stayed with me, apart from the 'band of brothers' theme that most war novels include. Due to its well-written story and action-packed, realistic scenes I gave it 3 stars. I do not think I shall read this aga ...more
Naava Korpikuusi
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lukiossa luettu, kiireellä ja hätiköiden, koska a) ei kiinnostanut ja b) esseen deadline puski päälle. Jätin vielä viimeisen neljänneksen lukematta. Esseestä napsahti 10, kirjalle neljä tähteä. Pitänee lukea uusiksi joskus.
Stijn Zanders
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took a while, started off slow but once the book grew on me it was a much easier and better read.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Craig Rowland
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Unknown Soldier by Väinö Linna is a classic of Finnish literature. I bought both the English translation and the Finnish original when I lived in Helsinki during the summer of 2000. Typical of my reading habits is that I buy a book but procrastinate years until I actually read it. To commemorate this year of the Finnish centennial of independence, I decided to read all of my books about Finland that are heretofore unread. While the original was published in 1954 as Tuntematon sotilas, the fi ...more
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finnish-lit
Reviewed at Read & Survive

The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon sotilas) is author Väinö Linna’s first major novel and his other major work besides Under the North Star. Published in 1954, it is a story about the Continuation War between Finland and the Soviet Union as told from the viewpoint of ordinary Finnish soldiers. In general, I avoid reading Finnish books because I don’t get ‘high’ from reading them and they are often very dull. However, I like Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier). It
George Rife
It reminded me a lot of Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead whose publication predated this, and was also set in WW2 but in the Pacific theater, whereas this was set in Europe. Unknown soldier focuses mostly on the enlisted men, while "The Naked.." had more focus on the officers if my memory is correct.
Thanks Mia for the recommendation.
Mar 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: klassikere
En fryktelig historie fra vinterkrigen. Blir man ikke passifist av denne er det noe alvorlig galt fatt.
Craig Rowland
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was in Finland in July of this year I made it a point to pick up Unknown Soldiers by Väinö Linna. This is a new translation from 2015 by Liesl Yamaguchi. In fact, I had seen this book when I was in Finland last year but paid no attention to it. I just thought it was a new edition of the 1957 translation, although I did wonder--yet never pursued it--why the English title had been changed. The title in Finnish is Tuntematon sotilas, which translates literally to Unknown Soldier, yet because ...more
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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).

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