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Born in Helsinki, Waltari went to Paris after receiving a university education. He published his first volume of poetry at 17. At the age of 20, his second novel, The Great Illusion (1928), brought him general recognition. Waltari returned to Helsinki from Paris in 1929 and continued to write poems, plays, novels, and fairy tales, a total of 80 texts during the next 20 years. The Egyptian (1945), a worldwide success, brought Waltari into prominence in other countries. His three-volume historical novel From Father to Son (1942) won the national Literary Prize and was filmed and translated into 14 languages. Unfortunately, 11 English translations of Waltari's work are out of print. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Egyptian… (more)
The Egyptian 2,123 copies, 54 reviews
The Etruscan 420 copies, 8 reviews
The Dark Angel 356 copies, 7 reviews
The Adventurer 327 copies, 8 reviews
The Roman 323 copies, 6 reviews
The Wanderer 263 copies, 4 reviews
The Secret of the Kingdom 247 copies, 9 reviews
Sinouhé l'Égyptien, tome 1 182 copies, 5 reviews
Sinouhé l'Egyptien, tome 2 162 copies, 2 reviews
Nuori Johannes 143 copies, 4 reviews
Suuri illusioni 108 copies, 1 review
A Nail Merchant at Nightfall 52 copies, 2 reviews
Surun ja ilon kaupunki 41 copies, 1 review
10 Waltaria 34 copies
Fine van Brooklyn 34 copies, 1 review
Kirjailijan muistelmia 27 copies, 1 review
Joulutarinoita 26 copies
5 Waltaria 17 copies, 1 review
Midagi sellist ei juhtu 6 copies, 1 review
Dohra 5 copies
Obras / 1 copy
Kuldkihar 1 copy
Obras 1 copy
Anjo Negro 1 copy
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