A hopeless love story, a handbook for aspiring heroes, a satire about the phenomena of our day – this shamelessly funny debut novel is all of those things
Tarmo works for monstrous library director Lillukka, but he’s up for more. Tarmo wants to be a hero. He leaves his job at the library and becomes an arranger for the Finnish Theatre. As arranger he does indeed arrange: whether it’s a ball pool, a container of newspapers or a real-life Roma beggar, Tarmo arranges it.
Amid the theatre personalities, each more peculiar than the next, Tarmo also learns what it is to be a real man. At the same time he pursues his infatuation, the ever-fleeing young star of the theatre, Daniel.
Holma writes grand, passionate prose… The writing is compelling and powerful. At the end of the book, Holma displays his talent for storytelling in all its glory as he ties the events together. The threads are not left hanging; readers may gasp at the brilliance of Holma’s thought process. – Kymen Sanomat
Nobody wants to be mediocre, but according to the probability curve this is exactly the case for most of us. It is those who wish to diminish this fact that Holma ridicules, making his readers laugh out loud. – Turun Sanomat
A rampant and smart debut which can’t be blamed for lack of speed. – Me Naiset
2014 shortlisted for Savonia Prize
2014 shortlisted for Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize
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An excerpt in English is available