Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In addition to his novels, Frans Eemil Sillanpää (SIHL-ahn-pah) published several volumes of short stories dealing with the topics that preoccupied him throughout his career. These topics include the Finnish Civil War of 1918 and the role of humans as integral parts of nature. He also wrote a number of causeries, which might best be characterized as autobiographical self-examinations. The collections from the 1920’s are considered among the finest in twentieth century Finnish literature, while the short stories from the following decades are less significant. In 1953, Sillanpää produced a series of radio programs devoted to his memoirs, which were expanded and published in three volumes later in the 1950’s, forming the last of his published works.