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Sofi Oksanen’s powerful and epic debut novel depicts three women’s – a grandmother, mother, and daughter’s – lives in changing social settings. The journey over three generations affords each woman her perspective, with Oksanen portraying her characters and their familial bonds tenderly, but without sentimentality.
Oksanen provides a clear-eyed and shrewd overview of the twentieth century, and the stark division of the East and the West. Through the lives of Sofia, Katariina, and Anna, first in communist Estonia, and then in capitalist Finland, Oksanen captures the ripple effect that extends from the 1930s to the present day.
Simultaneously, Stalin’s Cows is an unforgiving recounting of a life dominated by an eating disorder, the virulence of feeling shame and worthlessness, and the impossibility of being a woman.
Sofi Oksanen’s novel Stalinin lehmät adapted for stage by: Aino Kivi. The novel’s copyright held by: Silberfeldt O.y. The play’s copyright administered by: Nordic Drama Corner Oy.
Duration 2 h, with intermission
Performed in Finnish, surtitles in English