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The Final Word On The Human Part

Just a quick note to point out that The Human Part by Kari Hotakainen was recently discussed on BBC World Service Arts programme The Strand.

The novel was described as “dark, funny and weird”, which seems fairly spot on, and Hotakainen was recognized by the Finnish Minister for European Affairs and Trade (who contributed over the telephone) as “a top five author of the modern ones”. His novels, the minister explains, are full of black humour and satire and are strongly character driven. The minister’s favourite part of the novel is also mine — when a character crashes a funeral for a free meal but soon realises that he hasn’t done sufficient homework on the deceased.

But enough of this. You can listen to the programme by clicking on the picture below . . .

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