Book of Angels

Original title: Enkelten kirja

Published: 2010

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 192

A young father’s stunningly intensely depicted trial of strength in a time of difficulty.

Tuomas has been a single dad to Aino for so long that she no longer asks him where Mommy is. When Tuomas loses his job and his house burns down, things start feeling irredeemably hopeless. But then into the picture steps an old friend, who decides to save Tuomas and bring him back to the land of the living.

Book of Angels is an intense and poetic description of the waning of an individual’s strength and his slow ascent to fresh hope. It is a story of consolation, a bold description of the grandeur of the small, everyday things in life, of the fundamental questions of existence. Why, and for whom, do we live? What is love?

Pääskynen once again exhibits an astounding capacity, familiar to readers of The Day of Wrath (Vihan päivä, 2006) to see deep into the human heart.

“Enkelten kirja is based mainly on sensory observations, thoughts, feelings and memories. The reader is compelled to remain attentive as the course of events and referential function of the story gradually become unveiled. – – It is nice to see a novel that places so much confidence in the power of words.”
– Parnasso

Markku Pääskynen

Markku Pääskynen (b. 1973) has written eight books. He is a two-time nominee of the Finlandia Prize, whose novels have been praised for their sharp insight and psychological accuracy. His fourth novel The Day of Wrath was a Finlandia Prize nominee, and it also won him the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize. The Most Important Things in This World  received the Savonia Prize. He has also worked as an editor in a publishing house.


Markku Pääskynen


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