The City Wall

Reading material

English sample & synopsis
Finnish edition

Original title: Betoniporsas

Published: 2018

Publisher: Johnny Kniga

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 220 pp.

A thrilling and amusing novel about extremist hipsters and in-migrants in urban Helsinki in vein of Animal Farm and Look Who’s Back.

The countryside undergoes an economic collapse and the capital is flocked with in-migrants. Hillbillies, hicks and rednecks from all corners of Finland arrive to Helsinki en massé, and there’s someone who does not like that one single bit. Waltteri Finné, a born-and-raised Helsinki citizen, start-up entrepreneur, blogger and owner of a well-groomed lumberjack beard gathers his extremist hipsters to purge the capital from unwanted guests. But journalist Jyry Pesiö is on the case – will he succeed in preventing the hipsters’ terror attack, and more importantly, will he get his break-through scoop?

The City Wall is a novel with a thriller plotline about thriving cities and the emptying countryside. It’s about prejudice, patriots, problems and possibilities. At the same time amusing and serious, it manages to relay something important about our time while being completely preposterous.

”In The City Wall Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen ridicules one group after another without being mean. It’s a skill many comedians lacks. – – – The City Wall is amusing, but though-provoking. You read it with a smile on your face.” – Tähtivaeltaja 1/2019 magazine

”Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen has an incredible talent to address the problems of our time already before they exist! – – The City Wall is so humoristic that it forces you to smile.” – Turun Sanomat newspaper

”Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen’s clever humor addresses the most acute problems of our time. – – His verbal acrobatics bring readers back to his books time after time.” – Kaleva newspaper

”When the novelist is Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen, it’s almost inevitable that the setting culminates into a comedy with its heart beating for the countryside, but sharp jokes are shot in every possible direction.” – Aamulehti newspaper

“The refugee theme in The City Wall catches the essence of the immigration discussion that has turned into a fight between extremists. And obviously, just the idea of radicalized hipsters is pure awesomeness.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

”Heikkinen writes well and finds masterful juxtapositions. The array of characters is fun too.” – Kauppalehti, Finland

”Wickedly humoristic, but also serious and timely play of different discourses. The City Wall shows how easily people can be divided under any circumstances, in any country.” – Savon Sanomat newspaper, Finland

Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen

Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen was born in the Finnish countryside and lives in Helsinki. He works as a journalist, specializing on culture and nature. He has written 5 books and his work, praised for its humor and social satire, has been published also in English and Czech. Two of his novels have been adapted as screenplays and Reindeer Mafia is being made into a TV series.


Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen

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