The posthumous publication of a literary masterpiece by Finland’s most erudite, postmodernist writer.
“And people fantasise because the world itself is not exciting, it offers nothing as such. People started making things up a long time ago, and since then it’s all gone pretty much up the arse.”
Ren Dawn is suffering from inventor’s block when a series of fiascos compel him to go to Cancún and undergo hormone treatments, delirium, and out of body experiences that give him a look at his life as if from the outside. And then there’s Louis Dufuette…
GUEST MODE is a dazzling novel about thinking, about disappointment in life as the ultimate goal, about world history as the evolution of a resting heartbeat, and a little bit of everything. Seatbelts are required but not part of the novel’s equipment. Behind a light-hearted narrative lurks something serious, heartfelt and sincere, begging the question: Where are you when you’re away from home?
An allusive, philosophical, and humorous novel that rejects both humour and philosophy by an author worthy of comparison to DeLillo, Foster Wallace, and Pynchon.
English Sample Translation 50 pp
‘…the most significant work I have read during my entire career as a literary journalist. Nothing like this has ever been done in the history of Finnish fiction.’ – Seppo Puttonen, YLE Finnish Broadcasting Corporation, on Life, a Prologue
‘…like some kind of immense jungle of sound production cables that you couldn’t even begin to explore.’ — Juhani Karila, Helsingin Sanomat, on O
‘A magnetic monster of a book…a savant labyrinth.’ — Le Monde, on O
‘An incorruptible writer-thinker.’ — Esa Saarinen, philosopher
French (Le Castor Astral)