New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani
(Dedalus Europe 2011)

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One night at Trieste in September 1943 a seriously wounded soldier is found on the quay. The doctor, of a newly arrived German hospital ship gives the unconscious soldier medical assistance. His new patient has no documents or anything that can identify him. When he regains consciousness he has lost his memory and cannot even remember what language he speaks. From a few things found on the man the doctor, who is originally from Finland, believes him to be a sailor and a fellow countryman, who somehow or other has ended up in Trieste. The doctor dedicates himself to teaching the man Finnish, beginning the reconstruction of the identity of Sampo Karjalainen, leading the missing man to return to Finland in search of his identity and his past. “Marani’s miraculous novel is profound, moving, elusive and tragic." Eileen Battersby Books of the Year in The Irish Times 'Beautifully written and translated, and beautifully original.' Kate Saunders in The Times " an entrancing, disturbing exploration of the limits of speech and self." Boyd Tonkin in The Independent
 

About Diego Marani

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Diego Marani was born in Ferrara in 1959. He works as a senior linguist for the European Union in Brussels.Every week he writes a column for a Swiss newspaper about current affairs in Europanto, a language that he has invented. He has also published in France a collection of short stories in Europanto.In Italian he has published six novels, the most recent being L'Amico della Donna Judith Landry was educated at Somerville College, Oxford where she obtained a first class honours degree in French and Italian.She combines a career as a translator of works of fiction,art and architecture with part-time teaching.Her translations for Dedalus are: The House by the Medlar Tree by Giovanni Verga,The Devil in Love by Jacques Cazotte,Paris Noir:The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague by Sylvie Germain and Smarra & Trilby by Charles Nodier.
 
Published September 11, 2013 by Dedalus Limited. 196 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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Now, the concept of learning languages is something close to Diego Marani's heart: as well as working as a senior linguist for the EU, he has invented Europanto, a language without rules which can incorporate words from as many European languages as you like in order to help yourself be understood.

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In something of a bold gesture, Diego Marani begins New Finnish Grammar with the kind of disclosure some authors would be tempted to withhold for a final act, says Todd Atticus.

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