Publication Date: May 14, 2013
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One man's search for his missing wife in a dystopian futuristic Helsinki that is struggling with ruthless climate change
It's two days before Christmas and Helsinki is battling a ruthless climate catastrophe: subway tunnels are flooded; abandoned vehicles are left burning in the streets; the authorities have issued warnings about malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola, and the plague. People are fleeing to the far north of Finland and Norway where conditions are still tolerable. Social order is crumbling and private security firms have undermined the police force. Tapani Lehtinen, a struggling poet, is among the few still able and willing to live in the city.
When Tapani's beloved wife, Johanna, a newspaper journalist, goes missing, he embarks on a frantic hunt for her. Johanna's disappearance seems to be connected to a story she was researching about a politically motivated serial killer known as "The Healer." Desperate to find Johanna, Tapani's search leads him to uncover secrets from her past. Secrets that connect her to the very murders she was investigating...
"The Healer "by Antti Tuomainen is set in desperate times, forcing Tapani to take desperate measures in order to find his true love. Written in an engrossingly dense but minimal language, "The Healer" is a story of survival, loyalty, and determination. Even when the world is coming to an end, love and hope endure.
Rosa Liksom was born in Lapland in 1958. She is the author of six books, script writer, performance artist and painter. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Moscow and Reykjavik. She lives in Helsinki where she works as a bartender. Her short fictions have been translated into the major European languages - this is their first appearance in English.