The Others of Us

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English sample & synopsis

Original title: Toiset meistä

Published: 2020 Fall

Publisher: WSOY

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 248

Do we really make our own choices, or are we just part of someone else’s story?

To escape the demands and responsibilities, Tino fetches a jar from the closet, digs out a pill, sets it on the back of his tongue, and accelerates the medicine’s journey to his stomach with some coffee.  He sinks into images of lives that are experienced elsewhere, at different times, through the eyes of other people. He suddenly finds himself writing only stories – and not just stories of the world outside, but he is also writing his own life into a story which events he is no longer able to control.

The Others of Us takes the reader to the road with Jack Kerouac, to a bar with Charles Bukowski, and to have discussions with Edgar Allan Poe and Jane Austen. A lot of people have things to say, but who are actually worth listening?

 


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
GERMANY: Weidle

”The Others of Us hits a bullseye with successfully combining sad human destinies with hilarious literary knowledge.”

– Suomen Kuvalehti magazine

 

“We are overjoyed to become Mooses Mentula’s publishers again! We heard so much about his new novel that we had to make sure to be able to read it and are looking forward to being the first readers of the German translation. What a privilege! “

–  Publisher Stefan Weidle,  Weidle Verlag, Germany

Mooses Mentula


Mooses Mentula was born in Tuupovaara, Eastern Finland and grew up in Kuhmo, Kainuu.

From the age of 16 he worked as a journalist for newspapers and radio for several years. He completed his master’s degree in education at the University of Lapland, worked as a journalist and teacher in the north, and moved to Tuusula, where he has lived with his family for 14 years. He works as a headteacher, but writing is his greatest passion.

For Mentula writing means creating worlds of his own and living in them. He strives for intelligence and challenge and aims for a simple surface. Most importantly, all of his books contain hope and warmth. He likes to think of his style similar to J.M. Coetzee and Haruki Murakami. The Others of Us is Mentula’s third novel and some of his works have been translated in German.

 

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