“A literary event that takes the reader to the far side of imagination and truth.” – Turun Sanomat
The second novel from the poet and novelist Miki Liukkonen (b. 1989), painted across an outrageously large canvas, is an encyclopedic narrative of ordinary people and extraordinary events, neuroses, stubborn fixed ideas, and the irrational things that make us shudder. All the things you know and have felt, but which it is most unlikely you have ever read on the pages of a book.
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"Miki Liukkonen's maximalistic novel O is an exquisite read." – Turun Sanomat newspaper (FIN) "Successfully megalomaniacal." – Kouvolan Sanomat newspaper (FIN) "Liukkonen's gifts for creating exclusively potent images are undoubtable, and completely sufficient for creating a great work. But when this uninhibitedly effortless skill is combined with a cool intelligence, as is the case in O, it results in stunning literary power." – Juhani Karila, Helsingin Sanomat newspaper (FIN) "Rejoice, it declares, literature is not dead!" – Kouvolan Sanomat newspaper (FIN) "In addition to Houellebecq, Wallace and Rimbaud, Liukkonen's kindred spirits include James Joyce and Fyodor Dostoyevski. Liukkonen is a world-class author who skilfully distinguishes himself from the stagnant conventions of Finnish prosaic narrative tradition. He creates something new." – Uljas. Newspaper of the University of Eastern Finland "An ingenious work." – Habaneran havaintoja literary blog "O lived up to all its hype and went well beyond, too." – Also Sprach Jussi literary blog
Miki Liukkonen (b. 1989) made his literary breakthrough with the astonishingly accomplished novel O (WSOY, 2017) – an encyclopaedic narrative of ordinary people and extraordinary events, neuroses, stubborn fixed ideas, and irrational things that become the most-talked-about literary tour de force in recent years. He compares his writing to that of David Lynch, who succeeds in commercialising the uncommercial. Liukkonen is a multi-talented and gifted artist, who feels equally at home in music and poetry as he does in literature.