Miika Nousiainen’s forthcoming novel Roots (Juurihoito, Otava, September 2016) has been sold prior to its Finnish publication to the Italian publisher of high-quality Northern European literature, Iperborea. Their list includes names like Torgny Lindgren, Halldór Laxness, Karen Blixen and Tomas Tranströmer – and Miika Nousiainen will be a great addition!
“We are so happy and proud to publish the new and fantastic humorous writer, Miika Nousianen in Italy. We admire his works and love his frank depictions of Finnish culture mixed with incredible humour, sharp observations, brilliant writing and societal themes, in the great tradition of Arto Paasilinna, Aki Kaurismäki and Kari Hotakainen. We are sure that the Italian readers will fall in love with the adventures of the two incredible brothers ofJuurihoito. As our Finnish readers said “A great book: you read it in one breath, it makes you cry (several times) and smile (very often).” – Cristina Gerosa, editorial director, Iperborea
Onni Kirnuvaara left to get groceries when his son was a child – and never returned. The father was never mentioned again. Years later, during a root canal treatment, the son finds out that in addition to his bad dental karma he has a dentist brother, left behind as a child just like him.
The brothers embark on a journey to find out the truth about their father. After a lot of detours they find themselves in the Australian outback. Lousy fathers are fathers too, after all.
On their way to Darwin secrets are revealed, new family members are found, and lengths of dental floss are needed. Digging to the roots hurts, but under the Southern Cross the ache starts to ease.
English synopsis (coming soon)
FINLAND, Otava (Original publisher)