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In honour of the upcoming Finncon Usva puts out an issue
(2/2006) both in Finnish and English. The purpose of Usva
International 2006, our very first issue in English, is to present
contemporary Finnish short stories to a wider international
Load your issue here.
Love makes the world go ‘round – and many of our short
stories as well. Juha-Pekka Koskinen’s The Bosom Friend offers
the perfect solution to anyone who’s well and truly fed up
with house cleaning: a cleaning robot. And busting dust isn’t
the only personal service this mechanical maid provides. Sari
Peltoniemi’s The Gift Boy acquaints us with a tattoo artist
who certainly knows how to charm both his patrons as well as
In Natalia Laurila’s One itty-bitty-bit of Black Thread the
central character of the story, a granny with a large family,
holds in her hands the threads of their fate. Love, family
and respect are key ingredients in this exotic story. Jenny
Kangasvuo’s lycanthropic tale Riding Wolfhood moves eerily
somewhere betwixt and between a fairy tale and a curse: this
time around it is the wolf that walks off with our sympathy
and even the curse may be a virtue. Th e story received an
honorary mention in the Baltastica writing contest in 2003.
Petri Laine’s Shadow of the Earth has relocated
mankind in space because the Earth is far too polluted
to live on. Mariko and Eiko, from New Tokyo, get to go
on a unique trip – and are soon on the scent of a great
secret. J. K. Miettinen’s Forever and a Day is set in the
early days of the Iraqi war. Young tykes Saddam and Abu
explore the bombed ruins of their home town and come
upon a surprise that may complicate their treasure hunt.
Irma Hirsjärvi’s A weekend in the Country takes us on a
country weekend, with a delightfully surprising twist.
Hannu Rajaniemi’s prose poem The Last Eurovision
Contest is, as the name tells us, very fi rmly set in the
world of that certain song contest that’s at the moment
quite beloved by every Finn. But whoever will win this
time around? Th e versatile cornucopia of stories that is
Usva International 2006 is topped off by Petri Salin.
His story The Third Woman is a heady mixture of twisted
alternative history, fast paced action thriller, prions and
The translations are by kind courtesy of Liisa Rantalaiho
and Petri Salin.