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Description - The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo

From the author of the Finlandia Award-winning novel "Troll: A Love Story," "The Core of the Sun" further cements Johanna Sinisalo s reputation as a master of literary speculative fiction and of her country s unique take on it, dubbed Finnish weird. Set in an alternative historical present, in a eusistocracy an extreme welfare statethat holds public health and social stability above all else, it follows a young woman whose growing addiction to illegal chili peppers leads her on an adventure into a world where love, sex, and free will are all controlled by the state. 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 help her doll-like 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. Does this chili have effects that justify its prohibition? How did Finland turn into the North Korea of Europe? And will Vanna succeed in her quest to find her sister, or will her growing need to satisfy her chili addiction destroy her? Johanna Sinisalo s tautly told story of fight and flight is also a feisty, between-the-lines social polemica witty, inventive, and fiendishly engaging read."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780802124647
ISBN-10: 080212464X
Format: Paperback
(206mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2016
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo is the author of the novels "Troll: A Love Story," "Birdbrain," and "The Blood of Angels." Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize and the James Triptree, Jr. Award. Her works have been translated into nineteen languages. She lives in Finland.

Books By Johanna Sinisalo

Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo
Paperback, August 2017
Blood of Angels by Johanna Sinisalo
Hardback, January 2014
Birdbrain by Johanna Sinisalo
Paperback, September 2010
Not Before Sundown by Johanna Sinisalo
Paperback, October 2009