We are happy to announce that the English edition of The Explorer & Other Stories by award-winning Finnish author Jyrki Vainonen will be published in the US in late October 2013 by Cheeky Frawg Books.
“One of Finland’s best short story writers, Vainonen writes in a fantastical mode with an underlying hint of the macabre or disturbing.” – Jeff VanderMeer, Cheeky Frawg Books; source: http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/
The Explorer & Other Stories contains short stories from Jyrki Vainonen’s three collections and is translated by Juha Tupasela and Anna Volmari. Seven wonderful stories are introduced to the reader: The Explorer (Tutkimusmatkailija), Blueberries (Mustikoita), The Refrigerator (Kaappi), The Garden (Puutarha), The Boat (Vene), The Aquarium (Akvaario) and The Library (Kirjasto).
Jyrki Vainonen is an award-winning Finnish author who is renowned for his Finnish translations of the works of Seamus Heaney, Jonathan Swift and William Shakespeare. He has lived in Ireland and wrote his licentiate thesis on Swift’s Irish pamphlets. In 1999 Jyrki Vainonen’s first collection of short stories was awarded the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize.
Other works by Jyrki Vainonen include The Towers (Tornit, Tammi 2009) which is a unique story of death, revenge and atonement. The Towers is a perceptive and psychologically charged story, mixed with the elements of fantasy, erotica and horror. Jyrki Vainonen’s title At Swift’s Doors (Swiftin ovella, Tammi 2011) is a highly inventive novel, a dramatic tale of ill fate and a brave fight against injustice. The drama unfolds in part in a fictitious Finnish setting, in part in Ireland in the 18th century. The protagonist of the novel is Jonathan Swift.
Please ask the Agency for reading materials to Jyrki Vainonen’s works!