• Fiction

      Archipelago

      by Ina Westman

      A stirring eco-novel about a relationship on the rocks set against the idyllic backdrop of a Nordic summer. “One day we, too, will disappear from here. The island will remain.” Emma, Joel and their young daughter, Fanni, spend the summer at their island hideaway in the Finnish archipelago. Emma suffers headaches and hallucinations caused by the livid scar on her head. Struggling to remember what has happened, she begins to drift away from Joel, as she and he, in turn, tell their points-of-view with interjecting conversations between Fanni and her grandfather. Evincing the atmosphere and intergenerational dialogue of Tove Jansson's The Summer Book, Ina Westman skilfully navigates Emma and Joel’s relationship, peeling away the layers of themselves as their shared future hangs in the balance. Can they find their way back to each other? Will she remember what happened to her before her nightmares subsume her entirely? An often haunting, beautiful, and layered narrative of a couple at sea with each other, and the uncomfortable truths of climate change, racism and migration.

    • Fiction

      The Way of the Bee

      by Heikki Kännö

      In a dizzyingly imaginative debut, Heikki Kännö weaves a dark mystery full of suspense, art, mysticism – and Nazis. What if we could manipulate reality or travel in time through art? The German artist Joseph Beuys seems to be doing just that, and is being watched by a secret unit of the SS, using occultist research in their attempt to rebuild the Third Reich. Later, a young woman named Dora Schuster escapes from East Germany and her alcoholic father to reach West Berlin. She meets Klaus Veit, an aspiring artist and petty criminal. Together they end up in Düsseldorf, where Beuys works as an art professor. Their paths cross in a way that transcends history. But what happens to love when time can be manipulated? Breathtakingly original, The Way of the Bee combines speculative fiction and art thriller in a work of great philosophical depth.

    • Geography & the Environment

      Education in the Age of Ecological Crisis

      by Veli-Matti Värri

      Contemporary education regards overconsumption as a normal way of living. A citizen whose main intention is to become ever more productive is regarded as a model for daily education. How can we as educators deconstruct this vicious circle? Our basic concept of the relationship between humans and nature must be re-thought in order to save life on Earth. We also need to re-think educational paradigms and aims to ensure worthwhile living conditions for future generations. What kind of people are we educating, for what kind of world? What beliefs and moral commitments do we have? Veli-Matti Värri studies the theoretical background of education, which is dominated by excessive hedonistic desire and over-consumption as guiding forces. This philosophical book has been written for educators, teachers, and educational researchers. As a cultural critical analysis, it is also an ethical statement of the author’s worldview.

    • Theatre studies
      June 2014

      The Disappointed Bridge

      Ireland and the Post-Colonial World

      by Author(s): Richard Pine

      This original study is the first major critical appraisal of Ireland’s post-colonial experience in relation to that of other emergent nations. The parallels between Ireland, India, Latin America, Africa and Europe establish bridges in literary and musical contexts which offer a unique insight into independence and freedom, and the ways in which they are articulated by emergent nations. They explore the master-servant relationship, the functions of narrative, and the concepts of nationalism, map-making, exile, schizophrenia, hybridity, magical realism and disillusion. The author offers many incisive answers to the question: What happens to an emerging nation after it has emerged?

    • Economic systems & structures
      December 2018

      The Age of Unproductive Capital

      New Architectures of Power

      by Author(s): Ladislau Dowbor

      This book offers a very direct and readable analysis of the main challenges facing our societies today, such as reducing inequality, protecting the planet, and in particular mobilizing our financial resources which linger in tax havens and feed speculation, instead of funding the sustainable development we need. It precisely considers the most important factors, including corporate governance, financialization, capturing political power, and the limits to adequate national economic policies in a world dominated by global finance. The book’s presentation of how sensible and productive policies are dismantled will be highly interesting for the international community, whether in the academic, corporate or government spheres.

    • Fiction

      Miss U reminisces about her so-called relationship history

      by Eeva Turunen

      Episodic debut full of gentle, neurotic humour. Miss U’s relationships are colourful: there is the boy who refuses to eat anything red; the boy who names his bands after mystical elements of nature; and the boy who has a bathroom full of yellow rubber ducks. Which one will Miss U choose? In Eeva Turunen’s debut, the characters’ neuroses, weaknesses and eccentricities result in vivid encounters. Some of the relationships involve same-sex or ambiguous gender pairings, but in essence the stories are about loneliness, the search for a connection, and building a personal identity. Turunen portrays difficult, shameful emotions sensitively and with humour. She has an eye for weirdness.

    • Fiction

      Hesitations

      by Pirkko Saisio

      Confessions on love, writing and performing.Hesitations is a charming collection with a sharp psychological eye and a wise view of the world. The hilarious,biting stories are woven together by an omniscient narrator, who moves flexibly from autobiographical fiction tofiction and back. “I can’t distinguish a memory, a dream, a nightmare or a vision from actual reality, since in my mind, actual reality does not exist.” New stories and fates come and go on the narrator’s whim. The stage is occupied in turn by The Janitor hopelessly in love, Maria Alyokhina from Pussy Riot, Chekhov’s Burkin and Ivan Ivanovich, and … The Woman.

    • Fiction

      Dolphin Meditation

      by Harry Salmenniemi

      “The certainty of the fact that nobody is fundamentally happy gives me a reason to continue." Dolphin Meditation is a bare-bones blend of madness, politics and guts. We come to understand a young woman’s life from the perspective of her upset stomach; how brushing your teeth can strip your life of all meaning; the political-erotic delusions of a woman lying in a hospital bed; and how thinking about dolphins calms the mind. The insightful stories overlap with cultural criticism and cries of anguish. When hopelessness threatens, hysterical laughter saves the day. Behind it all hovers a psychiatrist who has lost his mind and helps his patients from his own perspective.

    • Fiction

      Mrs. C

      by Minna Rytisalo

      Top two best-seller from the author of Lempi: a story of love and a force looking for a way out. At the bottom of a hillside stands a grey house with eight bedrooms, six children, a schoolmaster and his wife. In her kitchen the cakes come out either burnt to a crisp or underdone, and what satisfies others is not enough for her. Inside her there’s a force looking for a way out, growing in size and wreaking havoc, questioning the laws of nature and at times pulling her deep into melancholy. Mrs. C is a story of a marriage, love and friendship. The daughter of a maid and a merchant, she marries her teacher and ends up pregnant again and again. Later, she becomes a writer everyone will know a hundred years later: Minna Canth, the first notable female author in Finland, journalist, entrepreneur… a role model, a fighter, an icon. Mrs. C rose straight to the bestseller list when it came out in September 2018. It’s a nominee for the 2019 Lapland Literary Prize, Bonnier's Grand Journalism Prize / Book of the Year and the Torch-Bearer Prize.

    • Fiction

      Partial Shade

      by Mari Mörö

      A story about a happy island’s odd past and even odder present. Malcolm Island, Canada, 1901. A group of idealistic Finnish settlers have decided to realise their dream and set up Sointula, a utopia based on communal ownership and democracy. Troubles soon follow. Communal living doesn’t sit well with everyone, the cow shed isn’t completed, a fire’s set ablaze, the community gets into debt and the bridge construction project hits the dust. Malcolm Island, Canada, 2017. The utopia crashed and burned over a hundred years ago, but the local Finnish community is still blossoming. The centenary of Finnish independence is approaching, and a divorced couple turns up on the island in the midst of preparations for the party. She is on a mission to refurbish the Finnish museum; he, a failed actor, is on a mission to rock the boat.

    • Fiction

      Let's Stop the Time

      by Henriikka Tavi

      Tellervo is a fallen tree, a mummified crocodile – until she decides to turn into a magnetic woman. Tellervo will soon be 40. She has three university degrees and works in a kiosk. She’s living the best years of her life, but where is the meaningful relationship? Tellervo decides to take the advice of an American relationship coach and turn into a ‘magnetic woman’ and find Mr. Right. Of course, adequate preparation is important, as are underwear, pelvic floor muscles and good photos (no selfies). It’s also crucial to be a pearl and understand your pearliness. Soon Tellervo is inundated with invitations for dates, and she starts flitting through a motley crowd of men. Let's Stop the Time is a funny, cheeky and slightly awkward story about truth morphed into sexual capital, about a tumultuous inner world – and the lack of it. It’s also a boisterous account of Tellervo and her friend, a story about a frantic search and loss of another person.

    • Fiction

      Maybe This Summer Everything Will Change

      by Sisko Savonlahti

      Top 10 best-selling autofiction about a young city dweller in search of happiness (and crisps). “I know I have to do something about all of this, and I have to do it kind of soon. But right now I want to lie on the balcony a little longer and think about my ex-boyfriend.” These are the thoughts of a young woman in her flat, overhearing people shrieking in the nearby amusement park. It’s almost summer, and it’s about time for her to get over her breakup. She has to get out of the doldrums, find a job, fall in love, kick-start a spiral of positivity. Should she fulfil other people’s expectations or follow her heart? How do you know what your heart desires? So many questions, often less tempting than examining the soil in your plant pots, texting friends or mixing dip to eat with crisps.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences

      Shoshin: The Mind of a Novice

      by Minna Eväsoja

      Knowledge is like a vast mountain you might never conquer, but the trip is still worth it. Japanese culture has always appreciated knowledge, learning and beauty. Learning is accompanied by the concept of shoshin, the mind of a novice that has been described in many ways: as ‘the correct manner’ or as resplendent as ‘flowers and the autumn colours’. Shoshin is openness without prejudice, it’s modesty and humility, and incompatible with self-importance or conceit. Knowledge is like a vast mountain you might never conquer. But the trip is still worth it. Shoshin – The Mind of a Novice has moments in the world of Japanese beauty, aesthetics and philosophy. The illustrations are woodblock prints capturing the instantaneous and hedonistic lightness of the floating world.

    • Fiction
      May 2019

      Dark Light

      by Petri Karra

      The son calls. The father answers. The next night, the destruction begins. A new fast-paced psychological thriller about a parent’s love for his son – and the crimes committed to protect him. Henrik Valli despises his drug addict son, Niko. They've been an unhappy family as long as they can remember. Henrik has done his best to purge Niko from their life. But one night the telephone rings. Niko has made a bigger mess of his life than Henrik ever feared. A father’s love wins out: he has to help his son. It requires a crime. Anna, Henrik’s wife and Niko’s mother, is a police detective, and they have to hide the crimefrom her. Bit by bit the whole family enters a nightmare in which everyone’s notions of right and wrong must be re-evaluated. What are you willing to do to protect your child?

    • Health & Personal Development

      Love, Joy & Courage: Steps Toward Sexual Maturity

      by Raisa Cacciatore & Eija Korteniemi-Poikela

      How to talk to children sensitively about love and sexuality? Is it okay for my kids to have a crush or fall in love? What is normal development? Curiosity, playfulness, and sensitivity are all parts of sexual development. Expressing emotions and appreciating your body and your experiences are the foundations for good health and self-esteem. Respect in relationships, trust, love, and enjoyment are skills that can be supported from early on. This book provides easy ways to guide children on their path towards well-being, intimacy and happiness. Itfeatures a comprehensive step-by-step model for children’s development based on years of experience and research in Finland. All chapters include concrete exercises.

    • Fiction

      The Shore of Guilt

      by Anu Patrakka

      A thrilling psychological detective story which combines life in small Portuguese villages, the art of painting and crime in a surprising way. Rafael, a Finnish painter, disappears from a Portuguese beach. The clues lead to the sea. Shortly after the disappearance, the body of an old man washes up on shore. Detective Rui Santos notices that the painter’s wife Pia is very passionate about her husband’s career as an artist. Soon after that, Pia mysteriously disappears. But why don’t the residents of the small fishing village seem to have noticed a thing? Rui Santos has to dig deep into Rafael’s paintings in order to solve the case.

    • Geography & the Environment

      The Human Age: How We and Nature Are Coping with the Anthropocene

      by Seppo Turunen

      Climate change is a fact. However, mankind has already done a lot to reverse it. Climate change, declining biodiversity, degradation of agricultural soil, shortage of fresh water and invasive pest species all result from human actions. The Human Age examines these and other threats, as well as our current promising efforts to reverse them. Data from previous climate changes suggest that nature may adapt to such changes more readily than in the most pessimistic scenarios. For instance, increasing forest cover outside the tropics, introducing eco-friendly water-saving agricultural techniques and new genetic methods of plant breeding encourage positive development.

    • Science & Mathematics

      Endless Parasites

      Shortlisted for the Finlandia Non-Fiction Prize 2018 and honorary mentions for the Lauri Jäntti Prize and the Finnish Science Book of the Year.

      by Tuomas Aivelo

      “Parasites are the force of evolution with which you are not playing.”– Tuomas Aivelo The story of people and parasites is a story of coexistence. We have always shared our body with other organisms. As a species, we have adapted not only to our parasites, but also to harmless and beneficial bacteria. Changes in our environment, whether social or environmental, have always affected how humans and theirparasites coexist. Advances in medicine have freed us from some of the nuisances, but significant global change may reverse this progress. Will climate change increase or decrease the annoying parasites around us? Will infectious diseases become more aggressive and antibiotics weaker? Endless Parasites takes the reader on a journey into the human body and biodiversity, looking at the world from the perspective of viruses, bacteria and intestinal worms – a different kind of reality.

    • Science & Mathematics

      The Matter of Death and Life

      by Maria Katajavuori

      The Theory of Everything meets Paradise Lost. “What do human bodies, carboniferous forests, Canadian lynx societies and economic systems have in common? A tendency to self-destruct.” What are the ultimate causes of the self-destructive behaviour of individuals, species and societies? The author’s conclusion is astonishing: the principles that drive the self-destructiveness of these systems are the same – evolution and the tragedy of the commons. The fact that the biosphere is full of examples of successful avoidance of overconsumption and senescence led to an idea: can we apply these success stories to our own species? Linking cell biology, ecology, natural and cultural sciences through fascinating examples originating in science and real life, The Matter of Death and Life seeks answers to the mysteries of both. It suggests a completely new way to tackle environmental and evolutionary problems.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure

      The School of Badassery

      by Jenni Janakka

      Be the driver, not the passenger in life! How do you respond when somebody interrupts you in a meeting? When you are offered a lower salary than you expected? Or when you are being criticized? The School of Badassery starts off by asking: How can women take control of their skills, career and life? How can we be the driver rather than passenger in life? How can we be assertive, without putting anyone down? The School of Badassery is a fresh take on the formation of self-image. It teaches you to recognize your skill set and trust yourself. We are more than the stereotypical niches we squeeze ourselves and others into.

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