The Finlandia and Runeberg Prize-nominated author of O returns with a dazzling, genre-defying novel that captures the zeitgeist of our time.
“There is no direct communication. There is always a filter in between. In this instance, it’s you.”
At midday, a twenty-something man is found dead in his office chair. Meanwhile, Herman Leorne is interviewing people for his YouTube channel, debating the interestingness of things. Elsewhere, a mother with an eating disorder considers ending her life with an overdose of Botox. How, then, does all this tie in to the significance of Sinatra’s My Way in karaoke history, stringent Subway™ staff training days, and iced coffee?
In its titular homage to Rimbaud, Liukkonen proves himself to be a seer of the big questions of our time, with influences of Foster Wallace and Mishima in evidence in this brilliant new work.
Bonnier Rights, Eleonoora Kirk
Miki Liukkonen made his literary breakthrough in Finland with his 2017 tour de force, O – the most-talked-about and astonishingly accomplished book in recent years. His works have been shortlisted for the Finlandia and Runeberg Prizes