Raspberry Boat Refugee

Miika Nousiainen

Original title: Vadelmavenepakolainen

Author: Miika Nousiainen

Published: 2007

Publisher: Otava

Genre: Humor

Pages: 276

Reading material:

English sample & synopsis

German edition

Mikko Virtanen has a problem. He does not want to be a Finnish man, the grumpy epitome of anxiety and low self-esteem. He has decided to become Swedish instead, by any means necessary.

The road to Swedishness is a long one, and the price to pay high. But what wouldn’t you do for a chance to live as a member of the most democratic society of the world, in the ‘folkhemmet’ of ABBA, mamma’s meat balls and social democracy?

Mikko Virtanen becomes Mikael Andersson – the empathic, loving and dialogical father of two from Gothenburg, but when his lifetime wish is fulfilled, everything goes haywire.

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
GERMANY: Nagel & Kimche
SWEDEN: Brombergs

About author

Miika Nousiainen

Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.


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Raspberry Boat Refugee