Veijo Meri

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Veijo Meri


Meri in 1960
Born(1928-12-31)31 December 1928
Viipuri, Finland
Died 21 June 2015(2015-06-21) (aged 86)
Helsinki, Finland
Occupation Writer

Veijo Väinö Valvo Meri (31 December 1928 – 21 June 2015) was a Finnish writer. Much of his work focuses on war and its absurdity. The work is anti-war and has dark humor. [1]


Born in Viipuri (today Vyborg, Russia), Meri graduated from secondary school in Hämeenlinna, then studied history and became an independent writer.

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