The books by Roope Lipasti (b. 1970) are characterised not only by black humour but also an intelligent view of their characters and the fundamental problems of human life: alienation and loneliness. Lipasti writes for children as well as adults and has been compared to the great Finnish humourist, Arto Paasilinna.
In his latest novel, Perunkirjoitus (âThe Probateâ), two very different brothersÂ â one is an insurance actuary, the other an odd-job manÂ â go on a road trip around Finland with their step-grandadâs ashes in an urn on the back seat. The novel is a sharp, humorous tale about lost illusions, growing older and how even brothers can be very different indeed. Lipastiâs first novel for adults, Rajanaapuri (âThe Neighbourâ), is a social satire about a homeownerâs disorganised, badly run construction project and his petit-bourgeois neighbourâs resentment.
Roope Lipasti graduated from the University of Turku in 1994 with a degree in literature and philosophy and worked as a journalist and columnist. He has also written humorous sketches for TV shows. He lives with his family in Lieto near Turku.
Ausflug mit Urne, Karl Blessing Verlag 2014, Ăbersetzung: Regine Pirschel
Der Grenznachbar (Arbeitstitel), Karl Blessing Verlag (wird voraussichtlich im Herbst 2015 erscheinen), Ăbersetzung: Regine Pirschel
Photo: Â© Vesa-Matti Vaara
- Finnland. Cool. Party, 09.10.2014 17:00
- At Blessing Verlag’s booth Hall 3.0 F20, 10.10.2014 15:00
- Reading | Lesung, 10.10.2014 17:00
- Roope Lipasti macht einen Ausflug mit Urne, 11.10.2014 20:00
- Finnland. Cool – Vier ErzĂ€hlerstimmen aus dem Norden, 12.10.2014 14:00
- Roope Lipasti presents his novel, 15.10.2014 19:00