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Virve Sammalkorpi

Children of the Cave

1819. Iax Agolasky, a young assistant to a notable French explorer, sets off on a journey to the Russian wilderness.
They soon discover a group of creatures living in a cave: children with animal traits. But are they animals, or are they human? Faced with questions of faith, science and the fundamentals of truth, tensions rise in the camp. Soon the children’s safety becomes threatened and Agolasky needs to act.
The novel is based on the photo series and synopsis by Pekka Nikrus.
Why Peirene chose to publish this book:
Greek legends, fables and fairy tales all share an interest in mythical beings. In this book Sammalkorpi imagines what would happen if these creatures really existed. How would we respond? The answer to this question matters hugely. It determines what it means to be human.
‘A truly enjoyable read with its beautiful and precise language.’ Savonia prize jury
'One of the most ambitious works of this year. A novel that deals with what it means to be human and the associated ethical and moral questions.’Kuvastaja prize jury
138 printed pages
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