Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tähtifantasia Award to Haruki Murakami

Still catching up on news published at Finncon: The Helsinki Science Fiction Society’s Tähtifantasia award for the best fantasy book translated into Finnish and published last year was given to Haruki Murakami for Kafka rannalla (Kafka on the Shore), published in Finnish by Tammi.

In the press release, the jury complemented the novel of being easy to read and having a good rhythm despite being over 600 pages long. The plot has some surprising turns and the story is emphasized by warm humor. The visions of Murakami are fascinating; he presents riddles for the reader and challenges them to make their own decisions about the story. The style combines fluently the conscious and the subconscious, reality and another world. There are countless possibilities in the mind; the moral responsibility begins with dreams. Even though the novel describes a murder and the death of a loved one, it is basically life-affirming. The main characters meet people with big hearts who want to help them. Life can’t stand still; humanity comprises the actions we take and the choices we make in life.

The jury consisted of critic Jukka Halme, critic Aleksi Kuutio, writer and editor Anne Leinonen, and representative Osmo Määttä.

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