This month we present writing from Finland. Due to historic and linguistic circumstances, Finnish literature has received less attention in the English-speaking world than it merits. Our guest editor, the prominent Finnish translator Lola Rogers, has selected an exciting group of contemporary writers, many of whom appear in English for the first time. Leena Krohn's depressed writer presents the reading from hell. In stories of parents and children, Mikko Rimminen finds unexpected obstacles on a train, and Shimo Suntila looks in on a single parent wrangling two rambunctious girls. Two pieces here bring history to life, as Sofi Oksanen pens a vivid recreation of the bombing of Talinn in 1940 and Antti Tuuri observes an expat Finnish construction crew working in Russia under the local Communist Party in 1930. Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen's dementia patient loses his memory but develops second sight. Daniel Katz calculates the literal weight of words, while Maritta Lintunen's librarian receives a package from the past. Tiina Laitila Kälvemark's fragile woman struggles to recover her sanity. Kari Hotakainen's multiple narrators struggle with anger and ennui. Joonas Konstig's fretful young man seeks an appropriate setting for an important question. And Petri Tamminen acknowledges a lifelong trait. We thank the Finnish Literature Exchange for their generous support of this issue. Elsewhere, in three pieces from Ukraine selected by Oleksandr Mykhed, Sashko Ushkalov finds a job applicant with unusual experience, Taras Antypovych's gravediggers confront the end of their profession, and Tanya Malyarchuk shares secrets of pest control.
Metamorphoses of Reality: New Writing from Ukraine
It is this instability, this dance between beauty and horror, fear and elation, and this delicate navigation of power, which can turn one into the other, that animates Antonio Ungar’s singular, captivating novel.
Gonçalo M. Tavares (Does the M stand for Man? Maniac? Master? Certainly not anything as common as Manuel . . .) is a writer that trades in oppositions. And business is good.
Abducted from his home in Finland in 1930 by the radical Finnish right-wing Lapua Movement, the narrator escapes his captors and finds himself alone on the Russian side of the border. Russians discover…