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Lola Rogers

Contributor

Lola Rogers

Lola Rogers is a Finnish to English literary translator living in Seattle. She studied linguistics and Finnish language and literature at the University of Washington, followed by training as a translation intern at FILI Finnish Literature Exchange in Helsinki. She has translated seven novels to date and contributed translations of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to a variety of journals and anthologies. Her published translations include True by Riikka Pulkkinen, which was an IMPAC Dublin Prize nominee and a Shelf Unbound best book of 2012, and the internationally acclaimed novel Purge, by Sofi Oksanen, chosen as a best book of 2010 by the California Literary Review, the Sunday Times, the L Magazine, and others. Lola is a founding member of the Finnish-English Literary Translation Cooperative. 

Photograph by Andrea Walker

Articles by Lola Rogers

An Introduction to Finnish Literature
By Lola Rogers
The literature of Finland has historically been sparsely represented in English translation.
Letter to Lethe
By Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
But remembering the future helped me to operate in the present.
Translated from Finnish by Lola Rogers
Multilingual
The Weight of Words
By Daniel Katz
The first volume of Bogumil Linde’s Polish-language encyclopedia (Abakus–gulasz) hit his head with a thump.
Translated from Finnish by Lola Rogers
Multilingual
from “When the Doves Disappeared”
By Sofi Oksanen
The town shook, burned, smoked, but it was still standing, and she was still alive, and the Red Army was gone.
Translated from Finnish by Lola Rogers
The Garden
By Jyrki Vainonen
I poured water over the sturdy deep green sprouts growing from the middle of my father’s head.
Translated from Finnish by Lola Rogers
from “Baby Jane”
By Sofi Oksanen
The office building across the street lit up like a Christmas tree every morning.
Translated from Finnish by Lola Rogers
from “Purge”
By Sofi Oksanen
She was just going to make a tour of a country that she’d never seen before
Translated from Finnish by Lola Rogers
Tweety
By Matti Yrjänä Joensuu
A faint sound emerged from the night; or maybe it was an almost imperceptible smell that drifted out of the darkness, soothing somehow, like the smell that comes off of boats and wet wooden docks, and…
Translated from Finnish by Lola Rogers