• Birdbrain

From the author of Not Before Sundown (Troll – A Love Story) comes an eco-thriller about a young Finnish couple who come up against the mysterious forces of nature during a hiking trip in Australasia.

When their belongings disappear and, even more inexplicably, reappear, the hikers find themselves alone at the mercy of the wild. Birdbrain reveals the dark side of the explorer’s desire: the insatiable need to control, to invade and leave one’s mark on the landscape. But what happens when nature starts to fight back?

Translated from the Finnish by David Hackston
'A sense of lurking horror that will leave you troubled for weeks' – Sam Jordison, A Guardian Book of the Year, 2010

Praise for Birdbrain

'A sharp, resonant, prickly book that exists on the slipstream of SF, fantasy, horror and gay fiction.' – Neil Gaiman
'A punk version of The Hobbit' – USA Today
'Chillingly seductive.' – Independent, Best Reads of 2003

JOHANNA SINISALO was an important and award-winning figure in the Finnish science fiction scene in the late 1980s and early '90s. Sinisalo was awarded the Finlandia Prize for literature in 2000 for her first novel, Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi (translated as Not before sundown in 2003 and again as Troll — A Love Story in 2004 for the US market.

Bibliographic Data
Date Published 28th August 2010
ISBN Number 9780720613438
Pages 224


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