Secret Passages in a Hillside Town, by Pasi Jääskeläinen

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My translation of Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen’s weird and brilliant novel Secret Passages in a Hillside Town has just been released in the U.S. It’s about a man rediscovering the secrets of his childhood and learning to live life like the star of his own movie. What he doesn’t know is whether his life is a romantic comedy, a tragedy, or a horror story.

SFX magazine(*) calls it “a tremendous, haunting book, full of bitter pain and starry-eyed wonder.” I agree

He did have a faint memory of the secret passage games… They pretended to find entrances to secret passages in fittingly hidden spots around town and then spent days wandering in them. They had encouraged each other to invent everything a child’s imagination could think up and had been so caught up in their game that they saw and heard non-existent things. The secret passages had been enchanted and sometimes terrifying places.

The thought of the five of them excitedly rummaging through the bushes, ditches and hollows put a wry smile on Olli’s face. He had to admit that nothing he’d experience in recent years, not even sex, had been as thrilling as the secret passages of his childhood.

Available at your local bookstore or wherever you get your books.

More about the book at FELT Cooperative.

(*Spoiler warning. Read SFX review at your own risk.)

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~ by lolarusa on October 2, 2018.

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