Monday, 12 November 2012
Arto Paassilina, Hares and other wonders
This is one of my all time favourite books. It is typically Finnish and utterly enchanting. Paasilinna creates a strangely, blackly comic situation; the vignettes of character and the simplicity of the story hold you from beginning to end. If you like the films of the Kaursmaki's then you would probably love this.
I hadn't thought of the book for some time, until I was researching animal designs for some Christmas present projects I have in mind. Trawling through the web I came across a fascinating site that deserves some in depth reading.
On the site I found a range of amazing articles on art and culture in Scandinavia: including some heart wrenching sculptures and this article on Paasilinna.
Scandinavian design tends to get a large coverage, due to the Sunday supplements and the IKEA effect. Nordic Crime has had a real boost thanks to Wallander, Forbrydelsen and Yhe Bridge. However, much less is known of the writers (other than Tove Jansson), artists and cultural figures. I am really looking forward to finding new books to read and new art to marvel over.