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The Core of the Sun
Author: Johanna Sinisalo

ISBN: 9780802124647
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 5 January 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.57 x 13.97 x 2.54
From the author of the Finlandia Award-winning novel Troll: A Love Story,The Core of the Sun further cements Johanna Sinisalo's reputation as a master of literary speculative fiction and of her country's unique take on it, dubbed Finnish weird." Set in an alternative historical present, in a eusistocracy"an extreme welfare statethat holds public health and social stability above all else, it follows a young woman whose growing addiction to illegal chili peppers leads her on an adventure into a world where love, sex, and free will are all controlled by the state.

The Eusistocratic Republic of Finland has bred a new human sub-species of receptive, submissive women, calledeloi, for sex and procreation, while intelligent, independent women are relegated to menial labor and sterilized so that they do not carry on their "defective" line. Vanna, raised as an eloi but secretly intelligent, needs money to help her doll-like sister, who has disappeared. Vanna forms a friendship with a man named Jare, and they become involved in buying and selling a stimulant known to the Health Authority to be extremely dangerous...

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