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Baby Jane by Sofi Oksanen
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Baby Jane (2005)

by Sofi Oksanen

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    GoST: Molemmissa kirjoissa seurataan mm. nuoren naisen riippuvuutta ja mielenterveysongelmia sekä parisuhdetta toiseen naiseen.
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This is an often grim tale of a relationship that goes downhill due to one partner's anxiety disorder and the other's stress and resulting partner assault. Baby Jane meets Pigi when the latter is the "coolest lesbie" in Helsinki and alongside their relationship they go into an online business of selling women's underwear. This is the line of comic relief that carries on throughout the novel as you'll find out more than you ever wanted to know about the type of men who covet women's clothing (but not for their own female partners).

This was Oksanen's second novel, which followed her debut of [book:Stalinin lehmät|2553575] (Stalin's Cows) which dealt with Estonian female immigrants to Finland and also anorexia disorder. She followed these up with her breakthrough novel [book:Purge|7029668] and then [book:When the Doves Disappeared|22318383] (both of them available in English translation) which carried on with themes of female oppression and Estonia under Communist & Nazi occupation. The latter 2 with "Stalin's Cows" are now seen as a Quartet with a 4th book that is yet to be published.

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• Many of the characters in the book go by nicknames. For instance, “Piki” (“Pigi” in the Estonian translation) means “pitch” as in tar/asphalt and she has a friend called “Bossa” (presumably from the dance 'bossa nova’ dance). “Baby Jane” is presumably the nickname of the protagonist although I didn’t actually notice it being used in the book itself.
• I read “Baby Jane” in the Estonian translation by [author:Tiina Pappel|3410092]. It has had 3 Estonian editions already.
• “Baby Jane” has not yet been published in English. A translated excerpt by Oksanen’s regular English translator [author:Lola Rogers|3132333] can be read here: http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/article/from-baby-jane It is the first half of Chapter 2 which is a flash forward to an aftermath when the central relationship of Baby jane and Pigi has ended.
• Some further English language information about "Baby Jane" is available at Oksanen’s literary agency http://www.salomonssonagency.se/books/baby-jane ( )
  alanteder | Jul 8, 2016 |
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True love
You're the one I'm dreaming of
Your heart fits me like a glove
And I'm gonna be true blue baby I love you
No more sadness, I kiss it goodbye
The sun is bursting right out of the sky
I searched the whole world for someone like you.

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Piki oli ehdottomasti kaupungin coolein lepakko, kun tulin Helsinkiin nuorena tyttönä ja naisten suhteen täysin kokemattomana.
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