Women of the Kalevala: Stories Based on the Great Finnish Epic
Much has been written about the Finnish Kalevala as a mirror of the life of the early Finns, about its significance to Finnish pride and nationalism. The heroes have been celebrated in art and music as well as in literature, their voiced clearly heard and interpreted through the years. More muted are the voices of the women characters, even though they hold important roles in the Kalevala action. Stolen brides and lonely lives on isolated farms-those voices are clamoring to be heard. The wives and sisters and daughters have their own stories, in most cases more poignant than those of the men. These deserve to be told from their own viewpoints.
North Star Press, 1996
paperback, 120 pages, 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches