Thank you to all those people who’ve entered this book giveaway for New Finnish Grammar. This was a book that I reviewed for the Shadow International Foreign Fiction Prize earlier this year and now our very own Aussie edition has just been released by Text Publishing who’ve sent me a copy which I’m giving away on this blog. The novel has recently been reviewed at The Age and was also popular with the Shadow jury, see our combined reviews. Even more compelling are the words of praise from none other than Gerald Murnane, click here to see his thoughts on the Text blog.
Here’s the blurb:
One night at Trieste in September 1943 a seriously wounded soldier is found on the quay. With nothing to identify him, and having lost his memory and language, he is a mystery to the crew of the German ship that rescues him. The ship’s doctor, a Finn, identifies the name embroidered on the man’s jacket as Finnish. Taking him for a fellow countryman, he gradually teaches him to speak Finnish and eventually finds him a berth in an army hospital in Helsinki, from where he may be able to piece together his former life. But the longer he spends in Helsinki, the less he feels at home; the more he learns of the Finnish language and rich history, the less familiar it seems; and by the time we learn his true identity, it’s too late. New Finnish Grammar is an unforgettable tale of one man’s search for meaning and for identity amid the devastation of WW2.
Please remember that if I don’t already have your postal address, it is a condition of entry that you contact me within 10 days. So Ira, if you don’t get in touch, using the contact address right at the bottom of the RHS menu then I will re-draw to draw a new winner.
Commiserations to those who missed out this time. If you’d still like to read the book (and I hope you do!) please support Australian publishers bringing translated fiction to Australia by clicking here to order New Finnish Grammar from Fishpond, or direct from Text Publishing (including eBook).
Author: Diego Marani
Title: New Finnish Grammar
Publisher: Text Publishing 2012
Source: Giveaway copy courtesy of Text.