Salla Simukka's Punainen kuin veri

Salla Simukka's Punainen kuin veri is a first Finnish novel that I have simplified into easy Finnish.

Punainen kuin veri is the first novel of a trilogy. The heroine, Lumikki Andersson, is a 17-year-old high school student in Tampere. She and her classmates end up solving a mystery of a plastic bag full of bloody 500 euro bills. You can get into the mood of the book through these book trailers, even in multiple languages.

The trilogy has been really popular in many countries. (Lumikki means Snow White.) I chose this trilogy to be simplified, because it is suitable for both teenagers and adults, and I thought it might be fun for the readers to follow the same character in three stories. Also, they are planning a movie based on the trilogy.

I'd say that the fastest way to get the book is by ordering it online. You might also find the book in a good bookstore, or ask the bookstore to order it for you. You can definitely 
borrow or reserve Punainen kuin veri from any Finnish library. If it's not on the shelf, ask the 
library staff for help.

The original novel has approximately 250 pages, but the novel in easy Finnish has only 120, and the lines are much shorter than in a regular book. The sentences are short, and the complex grammar structures are made much easier.

I hope that you'll like the novel! It is also a great gift for someone who is studying Finnish and has reached at least an A2 or B1 level in their studies.

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About the author of this blog:  

Nice to have you here! My name is Hanna Männikkölahti, and I am a native Finn who gives private lessons via Skype and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please leave a comment, if you have something to ask about Finnish.


emaline85 said...

Hi Hannah,
Just found your website!! Just wondering whether it is possible to purchase the ebook version of your selkokirja?

Random Finnish Lesson / Hanna Männikkölahti said...

Hei Cara, I can ask my publisher, but as least for now the book is only in paperback format.

emaline85 said...

That would be great- if not i will have to buy it when i am in Helsinki in November- can you recommend where to buy it?

Random Finnish Lesson / Hanna Männikkölahti said...

Unfortunately, not so many bookstores have easy Finnish books on their shelves, so buying directly from the publisher (with the discount code!) is the best things to do.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I've just started learning Finnish, so this will be a bit advanced for me for a while, but is there likely to be an audiobook in the future? I understand that reading and listening simultaneously is one of the best ways of absorbing language.

Random Finnish Lesson / Hanna Männikkölahti said...

I wish for that too! You can suggest it to my publisher: :) I have read the first four chapters here:

Annette said...

I have just been to Helsinki and bought the first two books of the trilogy. On the plane back to the UK, I read the first third of 'Punainen kuin veri' - I did not have a dictionary with me, but I was OK to follow the story. I started learning Finnish exactly six months ago, so it felt wonderful to be able to read a book in a natural way - very confidence-boosting. I will go through it again with a dictionary to internalise the vocabulary and constructions. It is great that you adapted these books!

Random Finnish Lesson / Hanna Männikkölahti said...

That is so nice to hear!! Did you use the material on Memrise and Teachable? (Links on the post above) I haven't seen those books in a bookstore very often. Where did you find them?

Annette said...

Hi, I got the books in the Academic Bookshop in Helsinki. I hadn't used Memrise before, so thanks for drawing that my my attention!