New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani in Bath

Wednesday 21st March 2012

  • Venue The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS
  • Doors open 12 midnight
  • Start time 6.30pm

New Finnish Grammar is an extraordinary novel. A study of memory and loss that is both beautifully written and deeply moving, the novel opens with the discovery of a wounded man on a quay in Trieste with nothing to identify him except a name tag that implies he is Finnish.  A doctor resolves to teach him his presumed native tongue in the hope that it will restore his sense of self. What follows is an entrancing narrative that sweeps across war-torn Europe, leaving a melancholy sense of unease with the reader that remains long after New Finnish Grammar has ended.