Han Kang: Vegetarian

  What is normal? What is mental illness? These are the questions that spring into mind while reading Han Kang’s Vegetarian. It is a nightmarish, yet beautiful novel. And it is very much Korean. I have a tendency to fall for Korean novels, there’s been several good ones in my reading list lately: The Girl […]

Jukka Viikilä: Aquarelles from Engel’s town – FinLit

  Engel was the architect, who planned the classical city centre of Helsinki in the 19th century. Jukka Viikilä has put together his fictional diary. It shows a man, who forever ponders whether he made the right choices. Jukka Viikilä: Aquarelles from Engel’s town (in Finnish: Akvarelleja Engelin kaupungista) Author: Jukka Viikilä Publisher: Gummerus 2016 Category: fiction […]

Salla Simukka: As White As Snow

  Salla Simukka’s Snow White trilogy has been enormously popular and has been translated into dozens of languages. I happened upon the second part of the trilogy, As White As Snow, and unfortunately it didn’t really woo me. Author: Salla Simukka Publisher: Tammi 2013 Category: YA fiction Original language: Finnish Rating: 3/5 HelMet Reading Challenge 2017: number 2. A book […]

John Polidori: The Vampire

  John Polidori (1795-1821) wrote one of the first modern vampire stories The Vampire, a tale of the bloodthirsty Lord Ruthven. It was first published in 1819, just three years before Polidori’s own death. This story is far from its current day contemporaries – the Vampire Diaries and Twilight exist in a whole different paranormal universe. […]