Antti Tuuri (b. 1944) earned a degree in graphic engineering in 1972. He then worked as a technical director, a managing director, and a development director for many printing companies. Since 1983 he has devoted himself to writing. Pohjanmaa [Ostrobothnia], the impressive first volume of a series which Tuuri began in the 1980s, won the Nordic Council’s Literary Award in 1985. An epic film based on the novel was filmed in 1988. Ostrobothnia was followed by five other novels; Tuuri received the Finlandia Prize in 1997 for the last, Lakeuden kutsu [The Call of the Plains]. The author now has about sixty books to his credit, including fiction, documentaries, travel stories, biographies, and corporate histories. He is also an eminent writer of radio, TV and stage plays, as well as opera libretti, and has adapted many of his books for radio, television, and film. Antti Tuuri’s works have been translated into twenty-two languages.