Original title: Toiset meistä
Author: Mooses Mentula
Genre: Literary Fiction
English sample & synopsis
Do we really make our own choices, or are we just a 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?