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Troll: a love story

Troll: A love story, by Johanna Sinisalo

A review.. Although this book is not perfect, I appreciated the troll character and its interaction with urban gay male culture and the way the protagonist slowly gets obsessed with the young cub. The protagonist had to research many fragments of troll culture and history to inform himself about his new foundling. This was interspersed between very short chapters.
At times this book was hilariously melodramatic and reached high farce.
I asked myself if that was intended to counter the advertising world Angel and Martes worked in. Apparently, Sinisalo wanted to bring the mythical and the humdrum worlds together, in interiors and apartments. A trolls’ world is outside, so I did enjoy this questioning of domesticating a wild animal, of getting at why they were coming to the edge of the cities, and of what it means to love something, even something bestial. However, placing these themes side by side with gay characters is questionable. Gays and queers are still compared to the bestial and charges of bestiality by the Christian right still occur. So I found this unsettling and not handled with enough political finesse. The writing was not poetic and was emotionally detached. But perhaps the Finnish is different and we are missing some of these subtleties in translation.

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