Raspberry Boat Refugee

Reading material

English sample & synopsis
Finnish edition
Swedish edition

Original title: Vadelmavenepakolainen

Published: 2007

Publisher: Otava

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 269

Mikko Virtanen has a problem. He does not want to be a Finnish man, the grumpy epitome of anxiety and low self-esteem. He has decided to become Swedish instead, by any means necessary.

The road to Swedishness is a long one, and the price to pay high. But what wouldn’t you do for a chance to live as a member of the most democratic society of the world, in the ‘folkhemmet’ of ABBA, mamma’s meat balls and social democracy?

Mikko Virtanen becomes Mikael Andersson – the empathic, loving and dialogical father of two from Gothenburg, but when his lifetime wish is fulfilled, everything goes haywire.

Rights sold:
FINLAND, Otava (Orig. publisher)
GERMANY, Nagel & Kimche
SWEDEN, Brombergs

In the press:

”… one of the most thoughtful and entertaining books about Swedish society of the recent years is written by Finnish author Miika Nousiainen.” – Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

“The book is consistently funny – at times even hilarious – but at the same time satirically thoughtful and argumentative.” – Turun Sanomat, Finland

“Nousiainen does not try to kill you laughing. But that’s what almost happens, due to the mere topic and spirited insight.” – Helsingin Sanomat, Finland


Editorial praise:

”A Finn desperately wanting to be a Swede and walking over dead bodies for it? Doesn’t sound like an international issue. But read the first pages of this novel and you just don’t want to stop. Nousiainen: that stands for esprit, wit, ideas, clever entertainment. This author is definitely my personal discovery of last year – and hopefully more years to come.” — Dirk Vaihinger, publisher of Nagel & Kimche, Switzerland

Miika Nousiainen

Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.


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