A Year as a Gentleman
“You’re as far from a gentleman as can be!” – The author’s wife
The tale of how a former green-haired punk rocker acquires genteel virtues.
The author, who is used to giving the finger to manners and all other forms of bourgeois bunkum, decides to teach his child to conduct himself with more class. But first he must learn to be a gentleman himself. Joonas Konstig throws himself into this endeavor by taking up the gentlemanly arts, from horseback riding to rugby, from etiquette school to charity work.
During his educational mind-trip, Konstig seeks answers to the questions asked by philosophers since antiquity: What is a good person? How should we live?
"Everything Has Been Said is a taut and fierce story of three children trying to survive their father's premature death - each one in their own way. The story describes precisely the megalomaniac, wobbly and rebellious youth. Joonas Konstig uses accurate observations and artful dialogue in expanding the image of young people in the 21st century from private to universal." -- Statement of the Kalle Päätalo Award Jury
Joonas Konstig (b. 1977) is an Espoo-based author and trainer known particularly for his food-themed writing. He won the Kalle Päätalo award for his novel Everything Has Been Said (2011).