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The Iron Age

The Iron Age

Arja Kajermo

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'Arja Kajermo’s The Iron Age, about a grim childhood in postwar Finland is so bleakly funny that it makes Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes seem idyllic.’  The Irish Times

The Iron Age is part-coming-of-age novel, and part-fairy-tale told from the perspective of a young girl growing up in the poverty of post-war Finland. On her family’s austere farm, the Girl learns stories and fables of the world around her – of Miina, their sleeping neighbour; how people get depressed if pine trees grow too close to the house; that you should never turn away a witch at the door; and why her father was unlucky not to die in the war.

The family crosses from Finland to Sweden, from a familiar language to a strange one, from one unfriendly home to another. The Girl, mute but watchful, weaves a picture of her violent father, resilient mother and strangely resourceful brothers.

In this darkly funny debut, with illustrations throughout, folk tales and traditional custom clash with economic reality, from rural Finland to urban Stockholm.

'Arja Kajermo’s The Iron Age, about a grim childhood in postwar Finland is so bleakly funny that it makes Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes seem idyllic.’   The Irish Times

‘Full of hardships and puzzlement and dark humours. A memorable chronicle of a family’s struggle during a less well-known period in history.’     Anne Enright

‘A radiantly beautiful book.’    Joseph O’Connor

‘An instant classic.’  Jon McGregor

‘Deceptively simple yet with cutting insight and devastating humor, The Iron Age proves that the most surreal dwells in reality, and history is the darkest fairytale.’ Yiyun Li I

Additional Information

Author Arja Kajermo
Publisher Tramp Press
Publication date 5 May 2017
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780993459238

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