A short but probing novel about death and rebirth.
In winter 1944, Irina is sent out of bomb-damaged Helsinki to western Sweden as a war child. The blood-stained tragedy hangs over the journey. Adjusting to a new country and Swedish foster parents leads Irina out of the shadows of war and into the shadows of peace time and the private nightmare of a family weighed down by emotional wounds.
The Many Deaths of Irina is the story of people who are groping in the darkness for themselves and for one another. It’s a girl’s coming of age story and a penetrating probe into life’s secret areas, an account of inborn persistence and man’s undying hope, a brilliant analysis of the impossibility of returning to the past, and a beautiful tale of death and rebirth.