Author, journalist, and filmmaker
Elina Hirvonen (b. 1975) is a Helsinki-based author, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her first novel, When I Forgot (2005) was a Finlandia Fiction Prize nominee and has been translated into seven languages. Farthest from Death (2010), her second novel, was born in Lusaka, Zambia, where Hirvonen and her husband spent two years. Hirvonen’s documentary film Paradise—Three Journals in this World (2007), which deals with African emigration to Europe, has been recognized with several awards.