Original title: Punainen myrsky
As a small boy grows up in Iraq ruled by Saddam Hussein, fear is always present. His father is part of an underground opposition movement that tries to overthrow the dictator. The father ends up spending years in prison, and the boy learns that just one wrong word can put his life in danger.
The family escapes to melancholy Finland, a country recovering from financial depression. It is a safe country, but the boy grows up with mixed feelings: can one be a good Muslim and a good Finnish boy? When ISIS in rising in Iraq, the boy returns to his home country as a peace negotiator, hoping to build a county where his children can travel safely to one day.
The Red Storm describes with excellence the boundaries of a child’s consciousness, how imagination and dreams blend with reality, and how memories are shaped by the child’s comprehension. – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper
Red Storm is the best book you can bring home this autumn! – Turun Sanomat newspaper 30.10.
Hirvonen depicts fantasticly how the people who have fleed their homes will always bear a longing in them. The main character is able to leave his agonies behind and start a new life in a new county, but he will always long for the lost chance of happy lives with his family in his own country. One of the most important books of the year. – Seppo Puttonen, literary critic
Fast paced novel combines news material, interviews and real family stories. Verstatile and beautiful!
– Suomen kuvalehti magazine
Hirvonen has written a stunning, strong novel that lifts up humanity and love even in the hardest of moments. – Leena Lumi blog
Red Storm does incredile job discribing how it feels to have been grown up in the fear of constant violence, and then had to build a life as an outsider in a strange country. – Kirjaluotsi blog
”Hirvonen’s writing is beautiful and flowy, it strikes straight to the heart of a mother. – – – Red Strorm took me to another kind of world and showed another way of thinking. And it helped me to understand.” – Kirsin Book Club blog
”Hirvonen has been able to capture the young boy’s emotions, fears, anger and desire to be accepted so well.” – Kirjojen kuisketta blog
”In this short novel the entire human history meets the insignificance of a small individual in a breathtaking way.” – Lukulaiffii blog
”Elina Hirvonen always writes beatifully, but this time her sentences made reader feel like floating in the air, so clear and flowy was the writing.” – Amman kirjablogi blog
”It is shocking read, but Hirvonen makes it easy to relate to the feelings of a young boy. The authenticity is based on Hirvonen travel is Iraq and the real-life stories of survivals.” – Kirja vieköön blog