The Core of the Sun, by Johanna Sinisalo
Johanna Sinisalo‘s newest novel, The Core of the Sun, translated into English by your faithful correspondent, is scheduled for release in the U.S. in January, 2016!
It’s a very fun book with a sharper satirical bent than Sinisalo’s earlier works, but it’s still filled with the speculative elements, nature focus, and assemblage of real and created found texts that made Troll and The Blood of Angels so interesting.
The story is set in an alternative present, in which Finland never repealed prohibition and gradually became an authoritarian “eusistocracy”, where every aspect of life, including procreation, is controlled for the promotion of a “healthy” society. The newest substance to be banned is the chili pepper, and our heroes are illicit chili pepper dealers.
It’s a great book, and with its mixture of straightforward narrative with ad copy, didactic children’s stories, school instructional films, and many other kinds of writing, it was great fun to translate.
More about the book at Grove/Atlantic .