Birdbrain

Original title: Linnunaivot

Published: 2008

Publisher: Teos

Class/genre: Fantasy & S/F

Pages: 332

Birdbrain is a skilful portrait of the unquenchable desire of Westerners for the pure and the primitive. A young Finnish couple, Jyrki and Heidi, go on the hiking trip of a lifetime in Australasia with Heart of Darkness as reading material. To Jyrki’s great surprise, his girlfriend Heidi demands to come with him, frightened by the idea of several months of solitude. The trip gradually turns into a tortuous thriller with belongings disappearing and, even more mysteriously, reappearing. The travellers come to be at the mercy of untamed nature Birdbrain describes Western people’s desperate longing for somewhere unspoilt and primitive with biting irony. At the same time, it reveals the dark side of this longing, showing it to be an insatiable desire to control, invade and destroy.. Birdbrain reveals the dark side of the explorer’s desire: the insatiable need to control, to invade and leave one’s mark on the landscape. But what happens when nature starts to fight back?

 The Guardian newspaper and Publishers Weekly both included the novel on their list of recommendations.


Rights sold:
UK, Peter Owen
France, Actes Sud
Norway, Vega


Reading materials:
Finnish edition
English edition
French edition
Norwegian edition

“A sense of lurking horror that will leave you troubled for weeks”
– Sam Jordison, A Guardian Book of the Year, 2010

Johanna Sinisalo


Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is one of Finland’s most successful and internationally acclaimed authors. Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize in 2000 and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004. Johanna Sinisalo has been nominated for the Prix Escapades 2012, the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) award in 2014 and the Nebula Award in 2008. Her works have been translated into 19 languages.

Bibliography


Johanna Sinisalo

The Core of the Sun

2013, Fantasy & S/F


Johanna Sinisalo

The Blood of Angels

2011, Fantasy & S/F


Johanna Sinisalo

Not Before Sundown

2000, Fantasy & S/F


Johanna Sinisalo

Hidden Powers

2010, Fantasy & S/F


Johanna Sinisalo

The Land of Mobius

2010, Middle-Grade


Johanna Sinisalo

The Glass-Eye

2006, Fantasy & S/F


Johanna Sinisalo

The Handless Kings and Other Disturbing Tales

2005, Fantasy & S/F


Johanna Sinisalo

Renate’s Story

2018, Fantasy & S/F

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