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Secular literature in Finnish wasn't published until the nineteenth century. Hence, this anthology of stories first published between 1870 and 2003 is the equivalent of an English fantasy sampler ranging from Beowulf to Harry Potter, and it showcases a historical sequence of different literary manners. The one nineteenth-century piece is a synthetic folktale, a variant of the demon-lover scenario. The early-twentieth-century stories--a werewolf tale and a Viking echo of Coleridge's Ancient Mariner--are romantic-historical and the most sensuous things in the book. The mid-twentieth-century selections are superficially realist, regardless of fantastic premises or developments; outstanding among them is the Twilight Zone-ish "Shopping" by Tove Jansson, creator of the famous children's book and comic-strip character Moomin. The newest, late-twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century stories are often surrealist and subtle, worthy peers of the English-language stories in Feeling Very Strange (2006). Nature and war are motifs of a great many stories, and wild satire informs a pungent handful. Fantasy fare of the highest literary caliber. Ray Olson
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About the Author

Johanna Sinisalo is the author of many highly-acclaimed short stories; her Troll-The Love Story won the Finlandia Prize in 2000 and has been translated into many languages. Her second novel, Sankarit (2003) transfers the national epic, the Kalevala, to the twenty-first century.

David Hackston graduated from University College, London, in 1999. A translator, he is also a composer and viola player, and currently lives in Helsinki."

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Product Details

  • Series: Dedalus Literary Fantasy Anthologies
  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Dedalus; Tra edition (February 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190351729X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903517291
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Michael Samerdyke on December 16, 2015
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This is a tremendous anthology of fine stories. The first story in this book is a traditional werewolf story from the 1800s, but most of the stories are far more modern than that, and they range from Kafkaesque satires to tales of children's dreams. You never know where the next story will take you, but it all fits together.

Some tales that really stood out for me were:

"The Monster" by Satu Waltari, an incredibly inventive tale about a girl's dreams.

Olli Jalonen's "Chronicles of the State," a splendid examination of the psychology of tyranny, as a reporter uses a Chernobyl-type incident to rise to absolute power.

Pasi Jaaskelainen's "A Zoo from the Heaves" is about using the language of fantasy to work through a traumatic childhood. Perhaps the best story in the book.

Sari Peltoniemi's also uses the "legends" of childhood in a clever way. Jyrki Vainonen's "The Explorer" takes the reader on a unique expedition.

Overall this was a very inventive and diverse anthology of fascinating stories.
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