Video: Sofi Oksanen Reads From Purge

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In this video, Sofi Oksanen reads an excerpt of her novel Purge, in which a young woman escaping the sex-slave trade ends up in the backyard of an Estonian woman who survived sexual assault at the hands of Soviet occupiers.

Purge was ranked No. 1 on the Finnish bestseller list when it was first published and it has been translated into 25 languages.

Oksanen visited Sampsonia Way on April 27 of 2010 to give a reading with Christos Tsiolkas and Tommy Wieringa. The event was sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh in partnership with PEN/America.

While she was here, Oksanen sat down for a conversation with Sampsonia Way editor Elizabeth Hoover.

Read Oksanen’s interview

About the Author

Silvia Duarte is the managing editor of Sampsonia Way. She received her degree in Communication Sciences from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala and her masters in Latin American studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain. Duarte was editor of El Periódico de Guatemala’s Sunday magazine from 2001 to 2006 and has written scholarly and journalistic articles in Germany, Spain, and the United States. She came to Pittsburgh in 2007 with her partner writer-in-exile Horacio Castellanos.

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