The Healer: A Novel by Antti Tuomainen, translated from the original Finnish by Lola Rogers

What makes the dystopian future described by Finnish author Antti Tuomainen  so disturbing is that it so closely resembles parts of the world we live in today.  He’s made the canny decision to dispense with futuristic tech and all the other trappings we’ve come to associate with the post-apocalypse: Mad Maxx gangs roaming a barren landscape, the rich farming the poor like domesticated cattle, the … Continue reading The Healer: A Novel by Antti Tuomainen, translated from the original Finnish by Lola Rogers

The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson (translated from Swedish by Thomas Teal)

I’m not sure what the temperature is in your neck of the woods, but in Pennsylvania we’re in the midst of a cold snap.  We had snow over the weekend, and the kind of  icy chill that goes bone deep.  Maybe that’s why Tove Jansson’s The True Deceiver had such a strong effect.  Set in a small village on the coast of Finland, in the … Continue reading The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson (translated from Swedish by Thomas Teal)