Life, and Life


Johan Betel is dying at hospital. His wife Stina and his son Jouko-Johan are there beside him. Betel senses only fragments of the talks his wife and son are having, he is deep in his memories.

From the stories of Betel, Stina and Jouko-Johan, grows the story of this family – and at the same time the novel with daunting visions about the mysteries of live.

Johan and Johan, the Finlandia-prize-winning novel Becoming Father and Daughter, and this last part of the trilogy, Life, and Life, explore the stages of the Betel family for four generations. Written in serene, bright language and illustrating the arbitrary character of birth, life and death.



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Elämä, ja elämä

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