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.