- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Seven Stories Press; 1 edition (Oct. 7 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583225234
- ISBN-13: 978-1583225233
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,832,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Popular Music from Vittula: A Novel Hardcover – Oct 7 2003
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When a Beatles record falls into the hands of 11-year-old Matti, neither he nor his home village of Pajala, Sweden, will ever be the same. It is the early 1960s, and both Matti and Pajala are about to enter adolescence. This is a beautiful, poignant, often very funny novel about growing up in a remote area. Niemi writes with real poetry as he strings together the culturally rich vignettes of Matti's experiences, snapshots of childhood that are at the same time intensely personal and universal: the burn of the first alcoholic drink, the thrill of a first kiss, the awe of first sex, the special closeness of a first best friend, the pain of the first real loss--all rendered pure and convincingly as a young boy's perceptions. Niemi also seasons the book well with the mysticism of childhood that suffuses the usually hidden psychological space where the transformation from child to youth occurs. An exquisitely beautiful novel, artfully translated. Paula Luedtke
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"...playful, rueful and wondrous..." -- Globe and Mail, July 31, 2004
Playful, rueful and wonderous..." -- Globe & Mail, July 31, 2004
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