Ok, I’m first to admit that The Rabbit Back Literature Society isn’t the easiest possible book to understand completely. That’s how I wanted it to be. Demanding. Same goes with our lives, and literature is supposed to reflect different aspects of life. There is no final truth about human life available, only great number of different theories, and in my opinion it is a good thing.
Some books can be read without paying them too much attention. Some can’t. I wrote TRBLS to be easy to read but at the same time it’s a literary riddle that can be (mostly) solved, but only if you read it carefully enough.
In case you read my novel and still don’t know what ever happened to Laura White or what’s the deal with Oskar, here are some tips for you:
About Laura White:
Read carefully pages 51 (the Creatureville passage), pages 70 – 71 (why is Laura White late?), pages 79 – 80 (what’s is the matter with Laura?), page 86 (white Renault in the woods), page 89 (words of the police spokesman), page 140 (what Mother Snow says about Dampish), page 151 (a biography of Laura White), pages 172 – 173 (Creatureville), page 186 (the bee), page 192 (Laura’s line), page 240 (Laura’s headache – and what causes it…), page 276 (white Renault again – and how it ended up in woods), page 288 (the beginning of the unfinished novel), 292 (Aura’s insight), pages 300 – 303 (Aura spills), pages 312 – 314 (Doctor Jansson’s story), pages 323 – 324 (how Ella plans to write about Laura), page 331 (the beginning of the unfinished novel as Laura’s confession – this really explains everything about Laura White, in one way or another.)
About Oskar’s notebook:
at first there are two alternative possibilities. Read pages 33 (about the nature of remembering) and 119 (the book plague). But finally there’s only one left – read page 247 (When we listened to him read them…) and page 343 (There is a funny anecdote…).
read page 271 (…they’d lost their child…) and page 162 (about phantoms and guilt).
The Rabbit Back Literature Society found its way among the top five reads of Autumn by Sam Baker.
This is what she says about TRBLS:
The Rabbit Back Literature Society, Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen (Pushkin Press) – out now in paperback
Were you hooked on Twin Peaks? A secret fan of Northern Exposure? Obsessed with Fargo (the movie, not the TV series, naturally)? Then The Rabbit Back Literature Society has got your name written all over it. When Ella returns to her Finnish hometown of Rabbit Back to take a job as a literature teacher, she encounters an elite group called the Society. Then an author mysteriously disappears and the words in books start rearranging themselves. But why? The only way to find out is to try to join. I can’t even begin to try to describe this book. Nor could I begin to do justice to its eerie nuttiness. But if, like me, you’re still a little bit obsessed with who killed Laura Palmer, you’ll love it.
Buy The Rabbit Back Literature Society on amazon.co.uk
One of my older stories, Where the Trains Turn, is going to be published in Tor.com in the near future. When I saw the art Greg Ruth had made for it, I was amazed of how well he managed to capture the atmosphere of the story. I don’t like this cover, I LOVE it…!
The Book Box Literary Prize was established with a purpose to shine a spotlight on the titles we liked the most in the previous season. The intention behind the award was to fill a box with books that inspired and entertained us the most without worrying too much about genres or themes – create something like a mixtape with all our favourite titles of the year.
So, The Rabbit Back Literature Society is one of the books chosen in the Book Box 2014, as well as Emmi Itäranta’s renowned novel Memory of Water. Finnish literature rules!
Dreams are the most important source of my inspiration as a writer, but nature and especially forests offer me something crucial, too. There is something magical in forests, they are enchanted places (and some of them even more than others) and thus a great way to nurture your creativity.
My second novel – The Cinematic Life. A novel – is about many things and among them is the ability to find your way out of the dullness of your everyday life and reach the magical – or cinematic – layers of human existence. In this novel I introduce some special places of my hometown, real spots of Jyväskylä city that are somehow cinematic and thus offer you a chance to find your inner cinematic self and do something maybe completely out of you everyday character.
One of these places is a forest near the Tourujoki river bank. I really enjoy it in there – the place is practically in the middle of the city but nonetheless silent and peaceful: