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Juhani Aho (Brofeldt)

Swedish: Johannes Brofeldt
Also Known As: "Johannes Brofeldt", "nimenmuutos 1907 Juhani Aho"
Birthplace: Väärnin pappila, Lapinlahti, Finland
Death: August 08, 1921 (59)
Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Place of Burial: Iisalmi, Finland
Immediate Family:

Son of Theodor Brofeldt and Karolina Fredrika Emelie Brofeldt
Husband of Venny Soldan-Brofeldt
Partner of Matilde Soldan
Father of Nils Björn Soldan; Heikki Taavetti Aho and Antti Juhani Aho
Brother of Lydia Sofia Brofeldt; Pekka Aho; Kalle Aho; Teodor W Brofeldt; Elin Natalia Hirvensalo and 4 others

Occupation: Kansalliskirjailija
Managed by: Petri Vapaa
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About Juhani Aho

Finnish author and journalist. Aho's literary output is wide-ranging since he pursued different styles as time passed. He started as a realist and his first novel Rautatie (Railroad, 1884), which is considered one of his main works, is from this period. Later he moved towards neoromanticism with novels Panu and Kevät ja takatalvi as well as Juha. The last one is one of his most famous works and has been twice as adapted an opera, by Aare Merikanto and by Leevi Madetoja, and to film four times, most recently in 1999 by Aki Kaurismäki. His novel Yksin (Alone), published in 1890, controversially bold by the standards of Finnish literature in that epoch, is a roman à clef. Its tale of unfulfilled love is the autobiographical novel of Aho's passion for Aino Järnefelt who, at that time, was secretly engaged to Jean Sibelius, whom she would later marry. The initial feelings of anger and jealousy that reading the novel provoked in Sibelius were soon forgotten and, in later life, Aho and Sibelius were close friends as well as neighbours in Järvenpää, where the composer had a villa baptized "Ainola" (the Realm of Aino). In addition to his novels Aho wrote a number of short stories of distinct style, called "splinters" ("lastuja" in Finnish). Their topics could vary from political allegories to depictions of everyday life. The first and most famous of the short stories is When Father Brought Home the Lamp, depicting the effect of the innovation on people living on countryside. Nowadays the title is a Finnish saying used when something related to new technology is introduced. Aho was one of the founders of Päivälehti, the predecessor of the biggest newspaper in Finland today, Helsingin Sanomat.

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Juhani Aho's Timeline

September 11, 1861
Väärnin pappila, Lapinlahti, Finland
September 14, 1861
Väärnin pappila, Lapinlahti, Finland
May 29, 1895
Hausjärvi, Finland
September 28, 1900
Järvenpää, Tuusula, Finland
October 6, 1902
Göteborg, Sweden
August 8, 1921
Age 59
Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
August 13, 1921
Age 59
Vanha hautausmaa, Iisalmi, Finland