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Just pure brilliance On the link literature to madness Excerpt from a lecture delivered in the sauna by Dad he explicates the facts of life for 14 year old Mattie so his son will now how to be a manThen Dad started going through a list of all the family idiots I d already met some of them one was in the psychiatric hospital in Gallivare and another in Pitea In medical jargon it was called schizophrenia and it seemed to run in the family It would appear when you reached the age of eighteen or so and was due to certain causes Frustrated love was one and Dad begged me to be very wary of getting involved with complicated women who we growing up as a huckleberry FinnGrowing up anyplace isn t smooth it isn t describable exactly If you search your memories later trying to ask why you did something you can t for the life of you remember why You just did it Things happened You tried to get to China You mimicked the rock stars when you thought you were alone You might even have licked cold locks if you grew up in northern climes and got your tongue stuck You were never the hero of your own legend Well folks this novel captures that confusion perfectly I ve never set foot in Sweden let alone in its far north by the Finnish border where all the growing up takes place But now I feel I Les Innocents know what it was like Niemi s description magical realism and all gives you such joy such interest that I assure you you will read POPULAR MUSIC IN VITTULA as uickly as you can I haven t laughed out loud over a book so much for years Hey I even laughed in the Boston subway like someind of weird public transport cackler But I didn t care Kids fight in the woods with B B guns try to start rock bands to impress girls experiment with sex and alcohol get up the teacher s nose visit scary old healers watch the grownups pass out at huge drinkups and dream of fast cars In the very end things turn out uite differently but that s really familiar too Most of the themes are hardly uniue to the area but it s Niemi s genius that he makes you feel it exotic and familiar at the same time It s contemporary writing at its best and I think all readers in English owe a vote of thanks to the translator tooYou ve got to have a strong stomach for a couple sections say for example if large piles of dead mice are not your forte If you have ever seen Kaurismaki films like Leningrad Cowboys Go America or The Man without a Past you will recognize the same deadpan Finnish humor in Niemi s novel whose characters are mainly from the Finnish minority in Sweden s rural north I could recount a scene or two for the surfing reader try To Deconstruct Whatever Go Literary If I Could But Your deconstruct whatever go literary if I could but your bet would be to read the book You will not regret it 25I started this novel because it was recommended on a Russian book podcast that I really enjoy promising a funny coming of age story set in the middle of nowhere in Sweden translated beautifully into Russian I will lie if I say any of this is untrue It is indeed a coming of age story set in the middle of nowhere in Sweden It is indeed funny It is indeed translated astonishingly well into Russian using simultaneously poetic and crude language there were uite some words that I don t think I ve ever seen written even somewhere on neglected buildings and I ve seen uite a lot of various words written in such places I assume this was how the original text was constructed as well but I applaud the translator in any case it doesn t at all read as translated fiction only the foreign sounding names are giving away its national originThe novel is presented as a collection of vignettes explo I distinctly remember starting this book I was on a plane home from Japan finally from our sudden month in the UK They had just turned the lights out after meal. Growing up in a small town in the northernmost corner of Sweden can be hard for a boy and. S and drinks so that people could "Sleep It Was About 12am At Night " It was about 12am at night time so 1am Aussie time I was already feeling self conscious as my light was on but Lexx and my brother were on either side of me Lexx had taken a sleeping tablet and my brother still hadn t got the hang of sleeping on planes And I was desperately trying not to piss myself laughing at this bookThis book isn t really a book of short stories but it I Was A Stranger kind of is It s probably better described as a collection of vignettes of the author s childhood How many of them are true Godnows He probably doesn t now entirely himself This is what is the most gripping part of this book It tells stories of his childhood growing up on the far northern border of Sweden and Finland above the Arctic Circle where they speak their own language which isn t uiet Swedish but not uite Finnish and considered a bastard ind of area by both Finland and Sweden With all this in the background he tells you these stories as absolute truths that just sort of get carried away on a child s imagination until They Are Fantastical In Nature are fantastical in nature far too big to be true But you can imagine little Mikael swearing black and blue that s exactly what happenedThis element diminishes slightly as he gets older and the fantastic almost magical realism of the book settles back into a measured reality But was it is replaced by is a humour and a heartbreaking assessment of the reality of the town that only teenagers can really giveThat s the thing that sucks you in really It s the brutal honesty of this book Whether it s him telling you a story at 5 or 15 or 25 You believe his complete sincerity In a world that undervalues honestly so much this is a very rare giftFor reviews visit Popular Music from Vittula is an ingenious blend of memoir folklore magical realism and talented story telling Who The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States knew growing up in the Arctic Circle would be so enchanting I thought it would be too frigid to do anything but shiver But Niemi forms a beautiful landscape where men half a step away from Vikings raiseids who listen to The Beatles The modern age uite literally steam rolls into an edge of the world village where citizens are treading the waters between the religions and myths of their ancestors and the consumerism of the modern age Modern marvels meets old world is not however what makes this book so captivating Instead it s the subtleties of being young that Niemi portrays so perfectly The nuances of grade school hierarchies the machismo of the adolescent male the intricate blends of fantasy and reality that compound to make the world that all little ids live in Niemi calls them up perfectly without an air of adult pandering He doesn t look back and think we were so silly then if anything he pays homage to the often vicious forces at work in the world of children and how tricky it is to move from the stage of innocence into the thrilling taboo busting realm of adolescence Matti is a regular teen in 60s Pajala up in the extreme north of Sweden where they think of themselves as Finns and speak Finnish by preference These are guys who now how to hold their liuor laugh at temperatures that go down to forty below zero handle a gun an axe or a snowmobile build a house butcher a reindeer and treat women the way they really want to be treated Though it s true Matti has also discovered rock n roll Maybe that makes him Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth knapsu gay but he doesn t care A real Finn can take care of himself if anyone s dumb enough to call himnapsuHe also turns out to be a natural writer his voice is sort of like Huck Finn crossed with a Viking saga Out of consideration to the guys further south he s been ind enough to write his book in Swedish which at least is a half respectable language I understand that there s an English translatio. Matti's adolescence is no exception Wrap up warm and join the community of Pajala in a tal. ,


N too I m not sure I can recommend it Here s what Matti thinks of English Engelska detta spr med alldeles f r svagt tuggmotst nd f r h rda finska Moonrise (Snowfall, k ftar s sladdrigt att bara flickorunde f femmor i det denna snigelaktiga rotv lska dallrande och fuktig uppfunnen av gyttjetrampande ustl nningar som aldrig beh vt mpa som aldrig svultit eller frusit ett spr Hello, Snow! k f r l ttingar gr s tare soffpruttare s helt utan sp nst att tungan sladdrade som en avskuren f rhud i munnenEnglish a language which doesn t offer enough resistance to hard Finnish jaws so slippery that only girls can get As in it this damp wobbly snail like gobbledegook invented by muddy southerners who ve never needed to fight never been frozen or hungry a language for lazy vegetarians who fart on their sofas so completely lacking in texture that you feel your tongue sliding around in your mouth like a cut off foreskinUnfortunately we can t all be Finns Girls the uickest way to Pajala is fly to Kiruna via Stockholm then take the bus north But don t get your hopes upConsulting the Swedish wikipedia page about this book I m pleased to see that it s been translated into both the dialect of Finnish spoken here and standard Finnish together with some other languages It also correctly describes the book as a skr na roughly bragging or lying as an art form masuerading as an autobiography I m afraid to say that some other reviewers have called it magical realist They are sonapsu that they probably enjoy the taste of wine This one has it all Humanity humour up the wazoo insight high emotional stakes great use of language it must be amazing in the Swedish but oh wellmagic and morals Anyone who grew up in an isolated place will relate to this Spoiler alert if you already A Little Dinner Before the Play know you re going to read this book stop nowseriously why ruin itok here goesthe scene where Niila s abusive father gets his assicked then while convalescing finds heaven while walking the landscape in the cracks of the ceiling was one of the mostbelievable portrayals of a religious experience that I have read in a long time Ever So beautiful And the rest of the chapter is amazing as well It s almost biblical in it s archetypal weight To me this chapter is the beating heart of the book Not funny like the rest but the lynchpin the Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies keystone of a magnificent humble novel Best Finnish book everWell OK I haven t read any othersBut this is what I imagine my childhood may have been like if my father had never left FinlandSome of the most endearing scenes and stories I have ever read Too god damned cute to put down Nothing life changing in here but it shouldn t be missed The narrator in this self deprecating Swedish coming of age story does a great job at capturing a child s view of things Author Mikael Niemieeps the reader guessing at time as to the reliability of the narrator as he winds his way through the story of the friendship of two boys their families and eventually their band The story reminded me of A Christmas Story with its wry depiction of working class families in a snowy climate The chapter in which two families engage in a drinking contest followed by a sauna contest is one of the all time great depictions of stubbornness and stoicism The story bogged down for me when the boys reach puberty call me a stereotypical female but there are me a stereotypical female but there are so many times I can maintain an interest in reading about boys discovering their sexuality In fact I think one reading of John Updike twenty years ago had me pretty much set for life in this regard The average teenager s sexual thoughts and actions to say nothing of those belonging to the adult male really just aren t that interesting Even so Niemi ends the book with a final sentence of such beauty that it perfectly caps the uneven preceding chapters. E of weddings sauna contests the thrill of a first iss and of finally hearing the Beatles. .
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