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Nälkävuosi by Aki Ollikainen

Nälkävuosi (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Aki Ollikainen

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Authors:Aki Ollikainen
Info:Helsinki : Siltala, 2012.
Collections:Luetut 2012
Tags:historialliset romaanit : 1860-luku, esikoisteokset, yhteiskuntaluokat : eriarvoisuus, köyhyys, nälänhätä, selviytyminen

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White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen (2012)



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"A grey carpet covering the firmament. If God is behind it, he is not looking at Finland"
By sally tarbox on 4 January 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
In a short read, the author creates a vivid impression of the terrible Finnish famine of 1867. There are two strands - Marja, a starving peasant woman, fleeing through the snow to St Petersburg and bread; and the well-to-do members of government. As the former abandons her dying husband and travels through the snow with her children, the latter are making 'principled decisions' about not getting the country into debt by buying in food. As Marja fends off her husband's desire for fear of pregnancy, doctor Teo has no such compunctions about the whores he visits. And as terrible scenes of death, hostility and cold confront Marja, the politician's wife is pondering her plant not flowering.

Impressed with it as I read it though it somehow didn't leave any lasting feelings. ( )
  starbox | Jan 4, 2017 |
A short but tense reading journey through the winter of famine in 1867 Finland. The story has two focusses: a poor rural family leaving the north for the hope of food in the city; the city with its own complex intersecting social circles. The two draw closer together as the book progresses and the winter deepens.

The misery seems relentless as we see the pressures that hunger has upon both individuals and society. The book is also about a particular time in Finland's history as it looks to establish itself as a nation on the edge of Europe. The government has impossible decisions to make, paralling those of the starving individuals.

Thanks to Pereine Press and translators Fleur and Emily Jeremiah for bringing this hautning book to and English readership. ( )
1 vote rrmmff2000 | Dec 15, 2014 |
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Witte honger speelt zich af tijdens de grote hongersnood die Finland teisterde gedurende de extreem strenge winter van 1867. Veel van de inwoners van Finland had te kampen met honger, ziekte en uitputting. Zo ook de hoofdpersonen van de roman moeder Marja en haar dochter Mataleena en haar zoontje Juha. Als de vader van het gezin op sterven na dood is, verlaat de moeder met haar kinderen in wanhoop het huis. Ze laten de doodzieke man achter en trotseren de vreselijke ontberingen van de Finse winter…lees verder >
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Hankaimet huutavat kuin lintu.
The rowlocks screech, like a bird.
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amazon ca:What does it take to survive? This is the question posed by the extraordinary Finnish novella that has taken the Nordic literary scene by storm.

1867: a year of devastating famine in Finland. Marja, a farmer’s wife from the north, sets off on foot through the snow with her two young children. Their goal: St Petersburg, where people say there is bread. Others are also heading south, just as desperate to survive. Ruuni, a boy she meets, seems trustworthy. But can anyone really help?
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