My New Book:Imbi Paju SISTERS ACROSS THE GULF OF FINLAND. WATCHING THE PAIN OF OTHERS

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Suomenlahden sisaret.
Kun katsoo toisen tuskaa
Like Publishing, 2011

Soome lahe õed.
Vaadates teiste valu
Hea Lugu, 2012

SISTERS ACROSS THE GULF OF FINLAND: WATCHING THE PAIN OF OTHERS
Publisher: LIKE 2011, Finland, Estonia 2012 Hea Lugu
The psychological-hictorical best-seller novel, Sisters Across the Gulf of Finland, is a story about how Estonian, Finnish and
other Scandinavian women around the Baltic Sea worked together to prevent the onset of crisis and war through their own
unique actions.
“Sisters Across The Gulf of Finland” describes the choices of European women and sisterhood before the war, as well as
the verbal and psychological conflict that the propaganda propelling from the prejudices of the Soviet Union has left for
Europe as a legacy. When the war broke out between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, the occupied areas were subjected
to terror which destroyed the women of other Baltic countries and Poland. After the Second World War, Estonian members
of Naiskodukaitse (Women’s voluntary defence organisation) were transported to the Gulag and the Finnish Lotta Svärd
organisation was declared fascist and banned on orders from the Soviet Union. And thus, an important part of the history of
European women fell into oblivion.

“Sisters Across The Gulf of Finland” reveals the pains left to us as an inheritance by the past. Imbi Paju examines the way
in which we look at each other, ourselves and our history. The stories of these women refresh our memories and call to mind
the pages of our story hidden in the silence of history.
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“I find myself now believing that, in the spirit of Dante’s divine author genius, Imbi Paju’s book can coach us – as individual citizens, as
independent nations and members of ever growing national organisations – to grow ourselves, and to grow a moral cosmos to combat and
treat evil – repression, submission, decimation and devastation.”
-Heikki Majava, psychiatrist, psychologist and psychosemiotician, Finland

“As certainly as Paju believes that man can be changed, she also unwaveringly believes in the healing power of calling forward and unravelling
the nightmares of the past. Unprocessed stories breed pain; the stories which are talked of, in turn, help understand the past and avoid
evil deeds of the future.”
– Rutt Hinrikus, literary and memoir scholar, Eesti Päevaleht newspaper
man relationships.

…one can…read the books by Oksanen and Paju in parallel,
combine the former’s dramaturgic drive with the latter’s reflective
depth. No author is an isolated island, and Finnish – and
Nordic – literature needs Imbi Paju.”

Pia Ingström is a critic and scholar, currently acting head
of the cultural editors at the Finland-Swedish newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet.
She writes for the Norwegian newspaper Bokmagasinet/
Klasskampen as one of the Nordic writers and critics
in the column “Nordisk råd” (Nordic
Council).

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”I consider this work an excellent cultural and national history (…) The subject and implementation in this work are exemplary.”
Erkki Tuomioja, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs
”Imbi Paju educates us with Sisters Across the Gulf of Finland; she does not construct history through cold numbers but shows, through the lives of people and actions of women, the vulnerability of people and small countries.”

– The President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves in an Estonian TV interview
………….

“Her [Paju] own relationship with history goes straight to the reader’s heart”
– Marja Kuparinen, Kirkko & kaupunki magazine

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“A heavy book, but so were the times.”
– Seppo Kämäräinen, Kainuun Sanomat newspaper

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“Now it’s time to remember with words. Paju’s book is going to be a big contribution to this work, like her film has already been.”
– Pia Ingström, Hufvudstadsbladet Newspaper
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”The personal contents of the work are harrowingly touching (…) the rejected memories of the Lottas have gained an insightful interpreter.”
– Jari O. Hiltunen, Satakunnan Kansa newspaper

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Author and film director Imbi Paju in her own words about her work
Sisters Across the Gulf of Finland:
”My psychological-hictorical novel, Sisters Across the Gulf of Finland, is a story about how Estonian, Finnish and other European women around the Baltic Sea networked together to prevent, with their own actions, the onset of crisis and war.
My work describes the choices of European women and sisterhood before the war, as well as the verbal and psychological conflict that the propaganda propelling from the prejudices of the Soviet Union has left for Europe as a legacy. When the war broke out between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, the occupied areas succumbed to terror which destroyed the women of other Baltic countries and Poland. After the Second World War, the Estonian members of Naiskodukaitse (Women’s voluntary defence organisation) were transported to Gulag and the Finnish Lotta Svärd organisation was declared fascist and banned on orders from the Soviet Union. And an important part of the history of European women fell into oblivion.
In my book I want to show the pains left to us as an inheritance by the past. I examine the way in which we look at each other, ourselves and our history. The stories of women in my work refresh our memories and call to mind the pages of our story hidden in the silence of history.
However, my book is not solely a story about the past, but it is also a story about the necessity of dealing with the past, with the geopolitics of emotion. History is a collection of lost moments which intertwine in the subconscious, when the events of different eras are being looked at and reminisced from a different time, the present. With the film and stories one can examine lived moments and find parallels with present day. One can finally feel the joy, but also the sadness, fear and loneliness.
This type of courtship with the past is not always pleasant. It demands sensitive and critical self-analysis. But the perspective is the same and present everywhere in the world, where people have been subjected to the dark side of the human mind: threats, humiliation, and torture.
I have intentionally written this work to be therapeutic also, so that it can help restore people’s moral memory. This is essential, so that political and economic crises never again destroy our world, our country or ourselves as people.“

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