A big novel about friendship and love, power and boundlessness.
Author: Marisha Rasi-Koskinen
Finnish original: REC
Publisher: S&S, 2020
Genre: literary fiction
Number of pages: c. 648 pp.
Reading material: Finnish original, English sample
Lucas A is just an ordinary boy with an ordinary life until he becomes special. It happens when everything begins for the first time, and everything begins when he meets Cole.
Many beginnings and endings later, Lucas travels for the first time to the city where his story began. Someone is dead, someone has vanished, and Lucas travels to find answers, of course, but it doesn’t work like that. He finds new questions, his story connects with other stories.
“If Lucas yearns for anything it’s shared laughter, how their voices resonate in laughter, how their minds do. And shared illusion. He yearns and fears. Loves and abhors. Illusion that has no beginning and no real end, and seeps into reality, permeates it as if it were organic matter. When Cole and Lucas were together, reality was flexible.”
REC is a travel book and a documentary, a fiction about fiction. It’s a breath-taking kaleidoscope where stories and reality constantly take on new angles in new hands. Once again Finlandia Prize winner Marisha Rasi-Koski- nen writes herself to the forefront of the Finnish novel.
“The novel is so restless and mysterious that it feels not at all unlikely that the pages would have a totally different story written on them the second time you read it. REC makes the world a little more magical place to live in.”
– Suomen Kuvalehti magazine
“The Map of Going Astray is a novel to which the thread of mystery has been woven in carefully from the very beginning. Reading it, you don’t know where you are and where you are headed – and that is just as good. For those who’ve read Marisha Rasi-Koskinen’s works before, this is nothing new. Her text is characterized by enigma, shifts in the time of narration, changing perspectives and the questioning the logic of the world.”
– Kiiltomato literature site on The Map of Going Astray
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