When the Doves Disappeared

ALSO BY SOFI OKSANEN
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THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK
PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF

Translation copyright © 2015 by Lola Rogers

All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC, New York, a Penguin Random House company. Originally published in Finland as
Kun kyyhkyset katosivat
by Like Kustannus Oy, Helsinki, in 2012.
Copyright © 2012 by Sofi Oksanen.
Published by agreement with the Salomonsson Agency.
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Knopf, Borzoi Books, and the colophon are registered trademarks of Random House LLC.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Oksanen, Sofi, [date]
[Kum kyyhkyset katosivat. English]
When the doves disappeared : a novel / Sofi Oksanen
p. cm.
ISBN 978-0-385-35017-4 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-385-35018-1 (eBook)
1. War stories. I. Title.
PH356.037K8613 2015
894′.54134—dc23      2014034970

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.
Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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Jacket design by Kelly Blair
Map by Martin Lubikowski, ML Design, London, United Kingdom

v3.1

Contents

Cover

Other Books by This Author

Title Page

Copyright

Epigraph

Map

Prologue

Western Estonia, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

Part One

Chapter 1:   Northern Estonia, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

Chapter 2:   Tallinn, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

Chapter 3:   Western Estonia, Estland General Region, Reichskommissariat Ostland

Chapter 4:   Reval, Estland General Region, Reichskommissariat Ostland

Chapter 5:   Taara Village, Estland General Region, Reichskommissariat Ostland

Chapter 6:   Taara Village, Estland General Region, Reichskommissariat Ostland

Chapter 7:   Reval, Estland General Region, Reichskommissariat Ostland

Chapter 8:   Taara Village, Estland General Region, Reichskommissariat Ostland

Part Two

Chapter 9:   Tallinn, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

Chapter 10: Tallinn, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

Chapter 11: Tallinn, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

Chapter 12: Tallinn, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

Chapter 13: Tallinn, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

Chapter 14: Tallinn, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

Part Three

Chapter 15: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 16: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 17: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 18: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 19: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 20: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 21: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 22: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 23: Vaivara, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 24: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 25: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Part Four

Chapter 26: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 27: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 28: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Part Five

Chapter 29: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 30: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 31: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 32: Reval & Taara Village, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 33: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 34: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 35: Vaivara, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 36: Klooga, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 37: Reval, Estland General Commissariat, Ostland National Commissariat

Chapter 38: Klooga, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Part Six

Chapter 39: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 40: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 41: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 42: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 43: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 44: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 45: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 46: Tooru Village, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 47: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 48: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 49: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 50: Tooru Village, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Chapter 51: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Epilogue

Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union

Glossary

A Note About the Author

Propaganda is the collapse of language.
—Lex Rubinstein, Warsaw, 2014

PROLOGUE

Western Estonia, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

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