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Nälkävuosi (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Aki Ollikainen

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Title:Nälkävuosi
Authors:Aki Ollikainen
Info:Helsinki : Siltala, 2012.
Collections:Luetut 2012
Rating:****
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 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. ( )
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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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