In this paper; I will make some preliminary remarks on the issue; with the objective to start the discussion of international connections and dimensions of Finnish post-war literature. I will chart the historical context of Finnish modernism; and explain the use of âmodernismâ in defining and naming literary periods in Finnish literary history. In the introductory part of my paper; I will investigate the conceptual and historical background of post-war-modernism by noting in which ways international modernism arrived in Finland. My intention is not to embark here on an in-depth study of the modernist aesthetics and the complete history of the reception of international modernism in Finland. For my present purposes; I will focus on certain historical impulses; which I consider most relevant to post-war modernism. I will outline the major issues in the contemporary literary journals and to give a brief overview of the critical discourse in order to map the impulses that came from abroad and contributed to the formation of modernist aesthetics in Finnish literary and cultural circles.