The novels by Markus Nummi (b. 1959 in Helsinki) are multi-layered philosophical texts in which the world of children is foregrounded in preference to the crazy adult world. He studied history and philosophy and in addition to novels and childrenâs books, he has also written screenplays and has worked as a director.
Kiinalainen puutarha (âThe Chinese Gardenâ) is a tale of love and friendship in Central Asia at the turn of the 20th century. In the style of 1001 Arabian Nights, a man who is being held prisoner by bandits tells stories to his niece, uncertain whether she will survive the night. Nummiâs much-praised 2010 novel KarkkipĂ€ivĂ€ (âCandy Dayâ) is set in present-day Finland and deals with the contemporary social problem of neglected children and exhausted parents. In his ambitious 1994 debut work, Kadonnut Pariisi (âVanished Parisâ), Nummi created a world in which it is revealed that the city of Paris never existed, and instead had been conjured up for humanity, like an illusory work of art. That title was awarded the J. H. Erkko prize.
Am Anfang ein Garten, Insel Verlag 2014, Ăbersetzung: Stefan Moster
Bonbontag, Suhrkamp Verlag 2011, Ăbersetzung: Stefan Moster
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