Wilderness Warrior

Reading material

English sample & synopsis
Finnish edition

Original title: Korpisoturi

Published: 2016

Publisher: Into

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 257


Torch-bearer Prize nominee 2017

When the End of the World As We Know It arrives, Ahma is prepared. He has his house in the backwoods, a food cache and vegetable patch, and his guns. He can face The End alone, just like his namesake ’ahma’, the wolverine. Yet for reasons unknown even to him, the hardware store’s cashier Pamsu, Linnea, who looks after useless creatures like horses, and Kapu, the manliest man alive, all crash at Ahma’s cabin and he is forced to join their small tribe.

Laura Gustafsson’s third novel is a study of the human race: of the individual and the community. It’s inspired by survivalism, green movements, the Hobbesian social contract and notion of “a war of all against all”.

“Gustafsson has planted seeds of many different themes and thoughts in her novel. Their final interpretation is up to the readers themselves, and nothing is spelled out. The author’s language works very well: it is beautiful and stylishly compact.”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Laura Gustafsson’s Wilderness Warrior spurs one’s mind to a wild gallop! An excellent and important book, the reading experience of the year!” – Yle broadcaster, Finland

“Wilderness Warrior is a thought-provoking novel. At times it turns into a political pamphlet, at times an informative survival guide.” – Keskisuomalainen newspaper, Finland

“Laura Gustafsson is a skilled author – at times her train of thought is breathtakingly rewarding.” – Nousu magazine, Finland

“Wilderness Warrior is an important book about the relationship of nature and human. The work addresses to the reader and the randomness of life is either shockingly final or gives new hope.” – Lumiomena blog, Finland

“Gustafsson delivers clear and deep thoughts through Ahma’s character. She creates a deeper-than-surface portrait of a modern man, who very intentionally tries to immure and alienate himself in his own lonely bubble, but doesn’t succeed even in that.” – Aamulehti newspaper, Finland

Laura Gustafsson

Laura Gustafsson is a novelist and playwright. Recurring themes in her work include oppression, violence, animal rights and the environment, which she approaches with precision, passion, irony and humor.

Gustafsson’s accolades include nominations for the Finlandia Prize and Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize, and her works have been translated into French and German.


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