Secret Passages in a Hillside Town by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

Secret Passages in a Hillside Town

Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

Just when I thought I was reading more Nordic surrealist fun, life treated as a classic film script as a way of solving mid-life crises, the dangers of resurrecting the past become much more apparent as buried truths and obsessions are unearthed. For readers who, like me, enjoy a challenge.

Extract

Grandpa Notary once said, 'Never poke at the past with a stick, because you never know what you'll turn up.' Olli knew his Grandpa would have hated Facebook. Life was made up of meetings and partings. You get to know people and then you forget them .... But Facebook shrinks the distances between people with a couple of clicks and forces them to stay in touch forever. In that sense it's like something out of Dante's vision of Hell.

Parallels
  • Domino by Ross King
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Melancholia - the film

Books with similar mood

The Vorrh

Brian Catling

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

The House of Rumour

Jake Arnott

Psychoraag

Suhayl Saadi

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

The Aeronaut's Guide to Rapture

Stuart Campbell

The Islands

Carlos Gamerro

Umbrella

Will Self

The Clay Dreaming

Ed Hillyer

Queen of the South

Arturo Perez-Reverte

The 7th Function of Language

Laurent Binet

Behindlings

Nicola Barker

Norma

Sofi Oksanen

SOUND

T M Wolf

Yonder Stands Your Orphan

Barry Hannah

The Impressionist

Hari Kunzru

Santa Evita

Tomas Elroy Martinez

The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder

Sarah Harris

Kimberley's Capital Punishment

Richard Milward

House of Leaves

Mark Z Danielewski

Alligator

Lisa Moore

The Seducer

Jan Kjaerstad

Europe in Autumn

Dave Hutchinson

Baudolino

Umberto Eco

The Clay Machine Gun

Victor Pelevin

Too Like the Lightning

Ada Palmer

Absolution

Patrick Flanery

There But For The

Ali Smith

The Etched City

K J Bishop

The Kiln People

David Brin

Sharks in the Time of Saviours

Kawai Strong Washburn

The Good Son

You-jeong Jeong

See You Tomorrow

Tore Renberg

The Adjacent

Christopher Priest

Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

Dubravka Ugresic

The Taker

Alma Katsu

The Art of Being Dead

Stephen Clayton

Little Constructions

Anna Burns

Shriek

Jeff VanderMeer

The Scar

China Mieville

Landor's Tower

Iain Sinclair

Baby

Annaleese Jochems

The Sport of Kings

C E Morgan

The House of Shattered Wings

Aliette de Bodard

As Though She Were Sleeping

Elias Khoury

The First Verse

Barry McCrea

Poppy Shakespeare

Clare Allan

Headcrusher

Alexander Garros and Aleksel Evdokimov

My Name is Red

Orhan Pamuk