Purge opens a window on a remote area of newly independent Estonia in 1992. Aliide, who lives alone in a farm house on the Estonian border, discovers a young woman named Zara in her yard. Through the two characters, Oksanen deals with the horrors experienced by the women of Soviet Estonia. The meeting of the two women makes clear that a country´s history does not become out-dated, it lives on inside every indivisual and becomes a part of their identity.
Purge began life as an award-winning play and has since been produced as an opera and an award-winning film.