The Butterfly Collector (Perhoskerääjä)

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A fascinating story of the capricious way in which our fates entwine

A man receives a letter from a solicitor in which he learns he has inherited a house and a certain amount of money. The legacy derives from the will of one Henri Ruzicka, a German who had settled in Finland and whose name and person are completely unknown to the narrator. When the man travels to see the house, he discovers among the effects a huge butterfly collection, a pile of personal diaries, and correspondence from a woman in Germany named Anna Prinz. The letters and diary entries lead the man on a journey to the south of Europe and also into the past where the resolution of one riddle leads only to many others.

The Butterfly Collector is a lyrical meditation on how our identity and memories are constructed as the basis of the moment. The novel’s atmosphere has an exceptionally enchanting effect.

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Reviews

“Haahtela is an utterly fascinating writer and unashamedly literary.”
– Kauppalehti Optio
“Haahtela is charmingly old-fashioned and is unusually instinctive for a male author, this is his finest work to date.”
– Iltalehti
“In a genre of its own, The Butterfly Collector is flawless, a masterpiece.”