The Amazing Life and Times of Coco Kafka

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English sample & synopsis
Finnish edition

Original title: Coco Kafkan ihmeellinen elämä

Published: 2017

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 278

An assured, sweeping debut about life, love and science with language like postmodern fireworks. With echoes of Diana Gabaldon, and H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine, a must-read for David Mitchell fans.

Coco Kafka and her colleague Chang are nearing a scientific breakthrough: they are about to find a cure for blindness. Their Russian rivals Popov and Karpov are hot on their heels: the race against time is on. But who’s playing tricks on whom? where will the poisonous cholera toxin end up? who stole the priceless Manet painting? and where in time and space is the mysterious Mrs. Sagiv now travelling?

The Amazing Life and Times of Coco Kafka is an abundant and mischievous debut about the unseeing and the seeing, of metamorphoses and crisscrossing realities, and of epic love.

”Katz’s novel is interpersonal drama with a quirky twist.” – Turun Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“A wild, imaginative fantasy that springs from the absurdity of real life and delves beyond melodramatic expression.” — Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Kafkaesque whirlwind […] An ambitious and imaginative debut novel.” — Bookshot blog, Finland

“Sissi Katz has written a breathtaking and mischievous novel.” — magazine, Finland

Sissi Katz

Sissi Katz is an ophthalmologist from Helsinki. Elements of her novel, The Amazing Life and Times of Coco Kafka, are inspired by the author’s own life: she has grown epithelial cells of the eye, visited a dye-works in the Negev desert and lived next door to a varan. She is currently working on a second novel.


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