Remembering is like falling. Once you start, you can’t stop in the middle.
Writer Anne Horn had a happy childhood. Sauna Paradis, the public sauna her father owned, lived up to its name as a place to grow up. On a library visit in autumn 2000 Anne is addressed by a man who remembers not only Sauna Paradis but also the little girl Anne. The man is Lauri Kovanen, whose father died in the late 1960s under mysterious circumstances. The death haunts Lauri. He wants help from Anne, the master of remembering.
Anne is initially reluctant: her novel writing is in a rut and plumbing someone else’s memories does not interest her. But Lauri has a gift for her in return.
“I remember every house and yard on our street,” Lauri says. “But not the people. That’s why I’m asking for your help. To remember.”
2014 shortlisted for Savonia Prize