Karo Hämäläinen
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Karo Hämäläinen

Karo Hämäläinen possesses a mastery of both letters and numbers. This literature graduate became a stock market commentator who then began writing novels. His list of titles has grown long, with a target audience of children, young people and adults. As editor-in-chief of Parnasso, Hämäläinen leads Finland’s most prestigious literary magazine.

Karo Hämäläinen

Karo Olavi Hämäläinen
Born June 11, 1976, Mikkeli

Master of Arts 2008 (literature), University of Helsinki

Editor in chief 2014–, Parnasso
Writer 2000–
Literary critic (currently with Suomen Kuvalehti) 1994–

Journalist 2000–2005, Arvopaperi
Editor in chief 2007–2014, Kiiltomato.net
Managing editor, Arvopaperi, 2010–2013

Posts and expert positions:
Member of the Library Grant Committee’s literature division, 2015–
Member of the programming committee for the Vanhan kirjallisuuden päivät book fair, 2014–
Critic for various literary organisations and prize committees

Tampere City prize for creative writing, 2012

Photo: WSOY/Harri Hinkka
Written by Karo Hämläinen (Kaija Hartikainen, ed.)
Translated by Matthew Billington

Once in a while Karo Hämäläinen receives a phone call which begins with the caller asking whether this is the journalist who writes about the stock market “because there is also a novelist of the same name.” Mr Hämäläinen replies that the call has reached the right person, the same reply he gives to callers to the novelist who mention his investment specialist namesake.

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As a writer, Karo Hämäläinen likes to experiment. He wasn’t the kind of boy who dismantled radios to see how they worked, but from an early age he took short stories and novels to pieces in order to see how words created feelings, thoughts and illusions.

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The views of a literary critic come to the fore when the reading public jointly defines what constitutes good literature. As the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Parnasso, Karo Hämäläinen leads Finland’s most prestigious literary magazine, and as such is a key figure for budding authors.

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