Valtonen
2019 Longlist

They Know Not What They Do

Translated from the Finnish by Kristian London
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

A love story about what it means to be an outsider from the most imaginative new voice in international fiction. Joe Chayefski has got what he always wanted: a reputation as one of America’s top neuroscientists, a beautiful wife and two perfect daughters. But when his lab is attacked by animal rights activists, Joe is forced to face the past and reconnect with the son he abandoned twenty years earlier. As he struggles to deal with the sudden collision of his two lives – and to save his eldest daughter from the clutches of an unscrupulous tech company – Joe has to reconsider his priorities and take drastic action to save those he loves.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Jussi
Valtonen

Jussi Valtonen is an author and psychologist from Helsinki. He studied neuropsychology in the United States and screenwriting in the UK. His previous works include two novels and a short story collection. He currently lives in New York.

Jussi Valtonen is an author and psychologist from Helsinki. He studied neuropsychology in the United States and screenwriting in the UK. His previous works include two novels and a short story collection. He currently lives in New York.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Kristian
London

Kristian London is an American translator who divides his time between Seattle and Helsinki. His first published translation, Harri Nykänen’s Nights of Awe, appeared in February 2012 (Bitter Lemon Press, UK). He is currently working on another Nordic crime novel slated for spring release by Minneapolis-based publisher Ice Cold Crime.

Kristian London is an American translator who divides his time between Seattle and Helsinki. His first published translation, Harri Nykänen’s Nights of Awe, appeared in February 2012 (Bitter Lemon Press, UK). He is currently working on another Nordic crime novel slated for spring release by Minneapolis-based publisher Ice Cold Crime.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

This novel received the Finlandia award in 2014, the best novel of that year in Finland.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/01/2017
Country
Finland
Original Language
Finnish
Publisher
Oneworld Publications
Translator
Kristian London
Translation
Translated from the Finnish by Kristian London

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