This internationally acclaimed winner of the Finlandia Award is “a brilliant and dark parable about the fluid boundaries between human and animal” (The Boston Globe).
Angel, a young photographer, comes home from a night of carousing to find a group of drunken teenagers in the courtyard of his apartment building, taunting a wounded, helpless young troll. He takes it in, not suspecting the dramatic consequences of this decision. What does one do with a troll in the city? As the troll’s presence influences Angel’s life in ways he could never have predicted, it becomes clear that the creature is the familiar of man’s most forbidden feelings. A novel of sparkling originality, Troll is a wry, beguiling story of nature and man’s relationship to wild things, and of the dark power of the wildness in ourselves.
“[An] imaginative and engaging novel of urban fantasy . . . The stuff of ancient legend shadows with rather unnerving precision the course of unloosed postmodern desire.” —Chris Lehmann, The Washington Post Book World
About the author
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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