Original title: Kerrostalo
Author: Hanna-Riikka Kuisma
Genre: Literary Fiction
English sample & synopsis
Trainspotting meets City of Gods in a suburban apartment building. Critical success and Finlandia Prize nominee in 2019.
When the high-rise was new it was the pride of the city, an example of modern living, a beacon of a brighter future. But today you won’t find happy homes, stylish decorations or successful people in this building. It has become the residence for those who struggle. In this concrete jungle, everything is connected and lives are fragmented, memories shattered by violence and substances.
With multiple narrators, Hanna-Riikka Kuisma paints a hyperrealistic picture of a modern slum - mesmerizing the reader like the best kind of thriller. And not far from Dostoyevsky’s nightmarish and dreamy basement writings.
– Satakunnan Kansa newspaper
FINLAND: Like (orig.)