The National Library of Finland

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” ― Mark Twain Yesterday I visited Kansalliskirjasto, The Nationa Library of Finland for the first time in my life. There I sat for many hours absorbing the wisdom... Continue Reading →

Maresi

"The smell of blood. The sound of crunching bones. I do not want to bring it all up again. But I have to. It is difficult to write about death. But that is no excuse not to." - Maria Turtschaninoff, Maresi Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff is the first book in Red Abbey Chronicles. It was... Continue Reading →

The Unknown Soldier

“God damn you, I’ll put a bullet through the first one of you who takes a step back­ward!” ― Väinö Linna, The Unknown Soldier The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon sotilas) is author Väinö Linna's first major novel and his other major work besides Under the North Star. Published in 1954, it is a story about the... Continue Reading →

Finland’s Literary Treasure

“A strong desire derives a person straight through the hardest rock.” ― Aleksis Kivi, Seven Brothers Aleksis Kivi's Seven Brothers is Finland's most celebrated literary treasure.  It was published in 1870 and  it’s one of the first novels written in Finnish language. I am not a fan of Finnish classics but I do see why... Continue Reading →

The Egyptian

"I, SINUHE, the son of Senmut and of his wife Kipa, write this. I do not write it to the glory of the gods in the land of Kem, for I am weary of gods, nor to the glory of the Pharaohs, for I am weary of their deeds. I write neither from fear nor... Continue Reading →

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