The Core Of The Sun by Johanna Sinisalo

The Core Of The Sun

byJohanna SinisaloTranslated byLola Rogers

Paperback | January 5, 2016

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From the author of the Finlandia Award-winning novel Troll: A Love Story, The Core of the Sun further cements Johanna Sinisalo's reputation as a master of literary speculative fiction and of her country's unique take on it, dubbed 'Finnish weird.' Set in an alternative historical present, in a 'eusistocracy'-an extreme welfare state-that holds public health and social stability above all else, it follows a young woman whose growing addiction to illegal chili peppers leads her on an adventure into a world where love, sex, and free will are all controlled by the state.The Eusistocratic Republic of Finland has bred a new human sub-species of receptive, submissive women, called eloi, for sex and procreation, while intelligent, independent women are relegated to menial labor and sterilized so that they do not carry on their defective" line. Vanna, raised as an eloi but secretly intelligent, needs money to help her doll-like sister, who has disappeared. Vanna forms a friendship with a man named Jare, and they become involved in buying and selling a stimulant known to the Health Authority to be extremely dangerous: chili peppers. Then Jare comes across a strange religious cult in possession of the Core of the Sun, a chili so hot that it is rumored to cause hallucinations. Does this chili have effects that justify its prohibition? How did Finland turn into the North Korea of Europe? And will Vanna succeed in her quest to find her sister, or will her growing need to satisfy her chili addiction destroy her?Johanna Sinisalo's tautly told story of fight and flight is also a feisty, between-the-lines social polemic-a witty, inventive, and fiendishly engaging read. "

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Johanna Sinisalo is the author of the novels Troll: A Love Story, Birdbrain, and The Blood of Angels. Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize and the James Triptree, Jr. Award. Her works have been translated into nineteen languages. She lives in Finland.
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Title:The Core Of The SunFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.11 × 5.92 × 0.89 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:080212464X

ISBN - 13:9780802124647

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Praise for The Core of the Sun : 'Johanna's Sinisalo's dystopian The Core of the Sun is a stunningly evocative novel about the great literary theme of identity, brilliantly rendering the complex struggle between society's norms, our innate personal qualities, and the transformative substances of the physical world. Sex, drugs, and bureaucracy: what could be more compelling?'-Robert Olen Butler, author of The Empire of Night 'Meticulously imagined . . . the novel creates an impressively detailed and extremely frightening world. Written with wit and grace . . . Maintains an impressive grasp on plot and suspense, easily luring the reader into taking its characters, politics, and striking story to heart.'- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)'Smooth writing and nicely calibrated pacing . . . [Sinisalo] ups the ante with well-paced and eerily fitting facts about the history of science, clever literary narrative, and complex characterization. This tale will appeal to dystopia lovers and fans of darkly offbeat suspense.'- Booklist (starred review)'Sinisalo is at her best when describing the action; she makes you feel the heat of those chilies . . . An unusual and fun story with a strong dose of social commentary.'- Publishers Weekly 'By making them into state laws, Sinisalo unveils the rules by which discrimination functions-and in doing so, makes them laughable.'- Die Welt (Germany)'Johanna Sinisalo's best novel since the Finlandia Prize-winning Troll: A Love Story . . . Her literary punch in the guts is delivered with skill and force . . . The story inhabits the same sphere as The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood . . . Sinisalo demonstrates her mastery of rhythm.'- Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)'An intoxicating book, sizzling to look at and as spicy as a hot pepper.' - Weltexpress (Germany)'Sinisalo creates a world so close, and yet so far, with small, often subtle twists . . . [ The Core of the Sun ] is a fun, feminist, political novel-as tasty as a strawberry habanero chili sauce.'- Deutschlandradio Kultur (Germany)'Johanna Sinisalo's satire is bitingly on-target . . . The image of a country where the Health Authority decides what people require is pure black humor-it would be hilarious if it weren't so frightening. Sinisalo is a social critic, but her writing is very tangible, appealing to the senses. It makes for a unique reading experience: highly immersive, almost breathtaking . . . Sinisalo demonstrates that 'weird' is never very far from everyday reality.'- Books from Finland 'Johanna Sinisalo's Core of the Sun is a vicious satire. A dark dystopian novel that is nonetheless filled with humor, and inspired in its language.' - Die Rheinpfalz (Germany)