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Congratulation: Iida Turpeinen's debut "Beasts of the Sea" becomes bestseller

"Beasts of the Sea" is a captivating tale blending natural history, human ambition, and the tragic fate of Steller's sea cow. Set over three centuries, Turpeinen's novel offers a poignant exploration of humanity's relationship with the natural world. With its compelling characters and profound themes, this book is a must-read for all.

We congratulate Dr. Iida Turpeninen, a distinguished member of our PhDnet Alumni Network, on her outstanding success with her critically acclaimed book, "Beasts of the Sea."

Dr. Turpeninen's debut novel received widespread acclaim, breaking national and international records, particularly at the prestigious Frankfurter Buchmesse. Its subsequent translation into 22 languages demonstrates its indelible impact on the Finnish literary landscape, marking a watershed moment in the country's book market.

This captivating story skillfully weaves together natural history, human ambition, and the compelling story of Steller's sea cow. Through rich character development and profound thematic exploration, the novel provides readers with a profound reflection on humanity's complex relationship with the natural world. This book is a must-read for anyone looking for insightful perspectives on these timeless topics.

Dr. Turpeninen's dissertation, "Representing and Challenging Scientific Ways of Knowing in Contemporary Anglo-American Literature," made a significant contribution to academic discourse during her tenure with our European PhDnet "Literary and Cultural Studies" program from 2017 to 2019.

We are proud of the achievements of our alumni, such as Dr. Turpeninen, who brighten both the academic and non-academic spheres. Their accomplishments inspire the next generation of academics and thinkers and are a tribute to the excellence that is promoted in our programs.