Saturday, May 29, 2010

Tiina Raevaara Online

The literary journal Books From Finland has published Tiina Raevaara’s short story My Creator, My Creation online. Tiina Raevaara is a doctor of genetics and a science writer who has published a novel and a short story collection. The story has been originally published in Finnish in her collection En tunne sinua vierelläni (“I can’t feel you beside me”). 

From the journal introduction:

The world of the short story “Luojani, luomani” is strongly gendered. Its narrator is an artifical female intelligence, who is always switched off at night, a kind of gynoid whose self resides within a hard case. The man is her creator and her owner, and men rule the technical world which the literate machine dazzles with her achievements. But for the man she is merely a saleable, unfeeling object, devoid of any tangible selfhood.

This story, lent wings by its quotations from Dante’s Divina Commedia, remains intriguingly open at the end, as Raevaara’s short stories generally do. Their atmospheres are a call to empathy, so strongly do they depict the power of the unconscious to give voice to that which has been silenced.

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