Ulrika Gustafsson

Ulrika received her doctorate in literary studies from Åbo Akademi University in 2007. She lives in Stockholm and works as a publishing editor and writer. You can read more about Ulrika's work by clicking here.


Contributions to nordics.info

Sally Salminen, probably taken at a handicraft exhibition shortly after the publication of Katrina and her breakthrough on to the literary scene. Source: Museiverket. CC BY 4.0

2020.12.28 | Article, Sally Salminen, Ulrika Gustafsson, Paul Larkin, Literature

Sally Salminen and her work

In 1936 the Finland-Swedish writer Sally Salminen won a literary prize for her first novel 'Katrina' which saw her life change. That someone like her, unknown and from the working class, could write such a good book was a global sensation - she was a living example of the American dream. From then on, she could stop working as a maid and become…

Writer Sally Salminen in the 1940s. Source: Osvald Hedenström / Lehtikuva, Wikimedia Commons.

2020.10.08 | Article, Ulrika Gustafsson, Literature

The literary work of Sally Salminen

Sally Salminen's famous novel 'Katrina' was published in 1936 and changed her life. From then on, she could afford not to work as a maid and became a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her works wrangle with themes such as war and motherhood and deal with issues inspired by her own life which still resonate today.

Sally Salminen at her desk in 1960. Source: Hufvudstadsbladet, Public Domain.

2020.10.08 | Biography, Ulrika Gustafsson, Literature

Sally Salminen 1906–1976

Sally Salminen won a Finnish-Swedish literary prize for her novel 'Katrina' in the autumn of 1936 at a time when she was working as a maid in New York; it was the Great Depression and she had emigrated there six years earlier to work in wealthy households. It was a global sensation that someone like her, unknown and from the working class, could…