Given that I’ve only read two novels by Finnish authors in the lifetime of this blog up until now, I’ve managed to accumulate a nice TBR pile (above, with added Harry). There’s a good mix in it too – not all crime novels.
The pile on the left is all Tove Jansson as you can see. Four Moomin books plus some of her adult works. I have to apologise to Sort of Books hugely for the Moomins which they so kindly sent me when they started reissuing them a few years ago, and I put them on the shelf – to look at it seems. Now I’ve read The Summer Book and just adored it, so I can turn to the Moomins. Although the Moomin books were in the library when I was a kid, I managed to bypass them and never got to love them as a child in the 1960s. Now, Moomin merch is everywhere, they are so cute – I’ve bought greetings cards from Oxfam, and have a jigsaw from Flame Tree.
The Summer Book, which I’ve been meaning to read for years would doubtless have been my gateway book into Finnish literature, so I’ve read it now – review soon.
Of those in my pile, I intend to read Antti Tuomainen’s The Healer – his translation debut and a dystopia to boot; I loved his latest The Rabbit Factor. I shall also read Alto Paasilinna’s The Year of the Hare, which caught my eye. There may be time for one more novel this week – but which?
Can you recommend any other modern novels or NF by Finnish authors to me?