Arto Paasilinna was born April 20, 1942 in Kittilä in Finnish Lapland. He is the author of numerous novels (35 end of 2009) which have been translated into over 27 languages (13 in French mid-2010). He also writes for film, radio and television. Paasilinna is, with Mika Waltari, one of Finland's best known writers  in the world.