The Storm Flute

Johanna Sinisalo

Original title: Ukkoshuilu

Author: Johanna Sinisalo

Published: 2021

Publisher: Otava

Genre: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Pages: 400

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Beauty comes in many forms—stunning, exciting, thrilling, perilous. Weather has all of them.

Predicting or altering the weather is the eternal dream of humanity. A merchant named Jonah, living in Assyria 600 years before the common era, gets caught in a storm. Is the storm a curse from God, or is it his own doing? In Finland in the 2010's, Leena Lind loves her job as a meteorologist, but the activities of an aggressive finance company have her wasting her expertise at menial tasks. When her daughter Leia plays a game that involves making a video of a thunderstorm, Leena's life is blown irretrievably off track and soon no one is safe anymore.

"What strikes me most in ‘The Storm Flute’ is its multidimensionality: the working life satire and the thriller-like plot twists intertwine with serious ponderings about the smallness and frailty of us human beings in front of the Unknown. – In the descriptions of tempestuous weather there is poetic glamour: turbulence, electricity, flash and roll of thunder." – Jani Saxell, Helsingin Sanomat

“This book is a truly enjoyable read. The language Johanna Sinisalo uses, the descriptions and expressions are all thoroughly measured, yet flow with ease. The text moves forward like a dream in which you can immerse yourself with joy. Furthermore, the portrayal of the characters, building suspense, and plot development all function superbly. Not to mention the depth of the content, the importance of the themes or the sense of wonder that is so characteristic of speculative fiction. ‘The Storm Flute’ climbs to the best among Sinisalo’s collection of works.”
- Tähtivaeltaja magazine

"We are thrilled about Ukkoshuilu and are enthusiastically looking forward to working with this beautiful novel of important urgency; the fourth of Sinisalo's novels to be published in Danish."

Jeanne Dalgaard, Publisher, Jensen & Dalgaard, Denmark

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Jensen & Dalgaard


About author

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia Prize-winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her nine novels, she has also written short fiction and film and television screenplays. Her works have been translated into twenty languages.

Sinisalo has won several literary prizes also abroad, such as the 2004 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 2017 Prometheus Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2008, the Prix Escapades in 2012, and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017. In 2022, Johanna Sinisalo was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal for services to Finnish literature.


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