Finnish author Jussi Valtonen

with translator Kristian London  
Nordic Literary Series 
May
24
Lecture
Nordic Literary Series

Finnish author Jussi Valtonen

with translator Kristian London

7pm

THIS EVENT IS PART OF NORDIC SEATTLE'S 
LITERARY SERIES!

 

This event is cohosted by and held at The Elliott Bay Book Company (1521 10th Ave.). It is free and open to the public. This event is cosponsored by the Finnish Literature Exchange

Finnish author Jussi Valtonen will read from and discuss his new novel, They Know Not What They Do. A psychological novel set in the near future, They Know Not What They Do grapples with the role technology plays in our relationships, for better and worse. Joe Chayefski has what he always wanted: a reputation as one of America’s top neuroscientists, a beautiful wife and two perfect daughters. But his carefully created idyll is threatened when his Baltimore neuroscience lab is targeted by animal rights activists. And shortly after the attack, Joe receives a phone call from his ex-wife Alina in Finland, whom he abandoned along with their young son Samuel two decades earlier when he returned to America to advance his career. Now Samuel is somewhere in the States, and Alina fears he is looking for revenge. As Joe struggles to protect his new family from the increasing threat of violence—and to save his eldest daughter from the clutches of an unscrupulous tech company—he is forced to reconsider his priorities and take drastic action to save those he loves.

Jussi Valtonen is an author and psychologist from Helsinki, Finland. He was a Fulbright Scholar and studied at Johns Hopkins University. His previous works include two novels and a short story collection. He currently lives in New York City and is completing a post-doctoral fellowship at New York University.

 

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