Many people ask me why I wrote Revontuli, a Canadian who had never travelled to Lappland or the Finnmark before starting the book.
It’s true that Revontuli was a great opportunity to tell a beautiful love story inspired by real events. However, I must confess, I was even more taken by the background to the story than the story itself. It is a book about untold stories. Revontuli is set to one of the last unsung tales of World War II: the burning of the Finnmark. The tragic plight of the Sami people, caught between two sides of a war that was truly not their own, touched me deeply.
Mid-day in Karasjok, fall of 2009
The scars of these events are still very visible in northern Norway – indelibly burned into the collective unconsciousness of a people whose way of life and whose very culture was decimated. Reading Revontuli is a soft history lesson for those who care about things that should not be repeated. It’s also a very current life lesson. To quote one of the main characters of the book, ‘all that is necessary for Evil to triumph is that good men do nothing’. Alright, but in the eyes of Marit Enoksen, the protagonist, perhaps a strong woman can make a difference…