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Quynh Tran was born in 1989 and grew up in Jakobstad in Finnish Ostrobothnia. He now resides in Malmö where he works as a psychologist. 

Tran is a graduate of the acclaimed Biskops Arnö Writing School. His literary debut Shade and Breeze was recently awarded Svenska Yle’s Literature Prize and is currently shortlisted for the prestigious Runeberg Prize, the Katapult Prize for Best Debut and Borås Tidning’s Debutant Prize.

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Skugga och svalka
Shade and Breeze is a coming-of-age story that really captures the reader with its magnetism, sensibility and sensitivity /… / Quynh Tran’s prose is vivid and cinematic, sensuous and full of images and descriptions that are both suggestive and alluring /… / An elegant and impressive debut.
Svenska Yle
Skugga och svalka
... he is unarguably deft at building a mood, after a while the reader can navigate both the small apartment and the forest where the blueberry-picking begin to take a more alarming sensual shape. He is also excellent at implying that there really is a subtext, that the reader, just like the narrator, shall keep searching the unspoken for signs of hidden drama /… / It is clever, accomplished and suggestive.
Svenska Dagbladet
Skugga och svalka
The narrator’s gaze is intense and hungry and often lands on his mother and brother. He is immensely interested in other people’s inner lives and relationships, but these inner lives are unfortunately a place that is in a state of permanent shade and almost impossible to obtain. No matter how much one desires it, no matter how much one tries to diminish one’s presence /… / Quynh Tran was raised in Jakobstad and now lives in Malmö where he works as a psychologist. Shade and Breeze is his debut as a writer and a very evocative novel. It is full of familiar and ordinary details, astutely observed from a child’s perspective…
Skugga och svalka
What exactly is a family? Finno-Vietnamese writer Quynh Tran introduces a Vietnamese immigrant family of three in the Finnish town of Jakobstad. There’s the mother, Má, the oldest son, Hieu, and the youngest son, the narrator, who is never named. They move in different directions and there are plenty of conflicts. They have very different attitudes to success: Má wants to earn lots of money and live the good life, young teenager Hieu dreams of Finnish girls – especially redhead Laura – and the narrator, the youngest son, has just realised that his scholastic efforts cause quite a stir. What is the glue that binds them together? The culture? The language? Their shared sense of alienation? They exist in some sort of a bubble within the Finnish society: they keep to themselves, and the Finns are equally standoffish towards them. With a great sensibility for details and a subdued, evocative prose, Quynh Tran portrays the family ties as both a strength and a shackle, and the immigrant’s eternal homelessness.
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Another Award for Quynh Tran's Debut

Following his remarkable literary triumphs in Finland, winning both the Runeberg Prize and Swedish Yle's Literature Prize for his first novel Shade and Breeze, we were absolutely thrilled to learn that Quynh Tran has been declared the 22nd winner of Borås Tidning's Debutant Prize. The jury des...

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Quynh Tran's "Shade and Breeze" is Awarded the Runeberg Prize

In connection with Runeberg Day last Saturday, the jury announced Quynh Tran's Shade and Breeze as the winner of the prestigious Runeberg Prize, in honour of the Finnish national poet. The jury described the book as polyphonic and linguistically elegant, as well as a subtle and poetically charged un...

Robin Rådenman

Quynh Tran Shortlisted for Two Major Debutant Prizes

Following his recent awards acclaim in Finland, it is our pleasure to share that Quynh Tran's first novel Shade and Breeze has been shortlisted for both of Sweden's major debutant prizes, the Katapult Prize and Borås Tidning's Debutant Prize, the latter of which was announced earlier today. The jur...

Kevin Chang

Another Award Nomination for Quynh Tran's "Shade and Breeze"

It may only be his first novel, but Quynh Tran's Shade and Breeze has undeniably caught the attention of the Finnish and Finno-Swedish prize juries. Having been awarded Svenska Yle's Literature Prize only recently, we are now excited to reveal that Tran's debut is also a runner-up for the eminent Ru...

Kevin Chang

Svenska Yle's Literature Prize to Quynh Tran's "Shade and Breeze"

We are happy and proud to announce that Quynh Tran's debut novel Shade and Breeze is this year's recipient of Svenska Yle's Literature Prize. The award is presented to "the best Finno-Swedish book of the year" and previous winners include Kjell Westö and Johanna Holmström.  Here is the jury'...

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