The Core of the Sun

Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
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The Finnish author of Troll: A Love Story delivers a work of “scathing satire . . . that sits somewhere between Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut” (NPR).
 
The Core of the Sun further cements Finlandia Award–winning author Johanna Sinisalo’s reputation as a master of literary speculative fiction and of her country’s unique take on it, dubbed “Finnish weird.”
 
In an alternative historical present, The Eusistocratic Republic of Finland has bred a new human sub-species of receptive, submissive women, called eloi, for sex and procreation, while intelligent, independent women are relegated to menial labor and sterilized so that they do not carry on their “defective” line. Vanna, raised as an eloi but secretly intelligent, needs money to find her sister, who has disappeared. Vanna forms a friendship with a man named Jare, and they become involved in buying and selling a stimulant known to the Health Authority to be extremely dangerous: chili peppers. Then Jare comes across a strange religious cult in possession of the Core of the Sun, a chili so hot that it is rumored to cause hallucinations—a temptation so enticing that it just might divert the addicted Vanna from her quest . . .
 
“A chilling tale reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale . . . A fascinating story centered on gender politics.” —The Washington Post
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Johanna Sinisalo was born in Finnish Lapland in 1958. Not Before Sundown, her acclaimed first novel, has been translated into six languages, and is the first Finnish fiction to be published in this country for six years. Also known in Finland for her television and comic strip writing, Johanna has, in addition to the Finlandia Award, won the Atorox prize for best Finnish SF or fantasy story six times and has been the winner of the Kemi National Comic Strip Contest three times.
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Publisher
Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
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Published on
Jan 5, 2016
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9780802190239
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
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