Original title: Ukkoshuilu
Author: Johanna Sinisalo
Genre: Fantasy & Science Fiction
English sample and synopsis
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
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Jensen & Dalgaard
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media Group