Meanwhile, her 16-year old self-mutilating niece, Mari, blossoms as she falls in love with her Finnish teacher. But when he tries to end their affair, she starts cutting herself again. The passionate love between the student and teacher is witnessed by the innocent eyes of the elder’s 6-year old daughter. The author elegantly weaves these stories together, showing how different generations struggle with life while also flirting with death. Riikka Pulkkinen’s debut novel, The Border,sparked enormous interest when it appeared in 2006. The Dutch translation of the book, De Grens (published by Arbeiderspers), also received fantastic reviews in the Netherlands. An excerpt in English is available. 399 pages / 140 x 220 mm
“This can justly be called an extraordinarily distinguished debut.” – Helsingin Sanomat “Mature and skilfully written.” – Ilkka “A superb debut novel.” – Etelä-Suomen Sanomat “An elegant, tight, and true-to-life debut.” – MeNaiset
“Great and disturbing; a pleasure to read.” – Berner Zeitung
“Anja, Marie and Annie are so realistic because Pulkkinen manages to bring them to life with all their doubts, anxieties and passions.… A vibrant, poetic debut that sounds out the borderlines between love and death.” – Bücher magazine
“Beautiful, filled with autumnal melancholy.” – Annabelle
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