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FISHING FOR THE LITTLE PIKE (working title)

Juhani Karila

  • Original Title: PIENEN HAUEN PYYDYSTYS
  • Publication date: December 2019
  • Publisher: SILTALA PUBLISHING
  • Country: FI
  • 282 print pages
  • Fantastic/Urban Fantasy

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Finland
  • Themes: FAMILY, Separation, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Death, Resilience, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Ecology, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character

Pitch

A mythical fantasy about Elina's annual three-day fishing trip to the eastern Lappish village she grew up in. As she relives her tragic past, police sergeant Janatuinen chases her with an arrest warrant. The pair encounter water sprites, fairies, forest imps and all sorts of creatures from ancient Lappish folklore.

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Translation rights sold: Canada (French)

Winner of the Kale Jäntti Prize in 2019

Juhani Karila is a Finnish journalist who previously worked on Helsingin Sanomat’s culture desk and was awarded the J. H. Erko Writing Prize in 2010. His debut book GORILLA was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2013.

Summary

Elina Ylijaako has returned to her home village in Eastern Lapland, as she does every year. She has three days to catch a pike. When a water sprite emerges from the pond and other ancient creatures soon join the game, Elina’s fishing trip turns into a life-or-death adventure.

Meanwhile a police sergeant named Janatuinen is searching for Elina on suspicion of murder. But first the sergeant has to survive a fishing trip of her own with a local forest imp and make it through throng night - a carnival of the dead that even the most hard-blooded witch in the village knows to avoid.

Mysterious creatures wander the tundra bogs like machines set in motion long ago that nobody knows how to turn off. An ancient demon finds a new home in the mayor. A farm hand who refuses to die starts sprouting branches and oozing menace. And in a little pond in the middle of the swamp lives the fish that everything depends on.

FISHING FOR THE LITTLE PIKE is at once a love story and a mythical fantasy, that will make you laugh one minute and turn deadly serious the next.

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  • Author’s biography

    Juhani Karila (born 1985) is a Finnish journalist who previously worked on Helsingin Sanomat’s culture desk and was awarded the J. H. Erko Writing Prize in 2010. His debut book GORILLA was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2013. PIENEN HAUEN PYYDYSTYS (Fishing for the Little Pike) won the Kalevi Jäntti Prize in 2019.