Troll by Johanna Sinisalo
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Everyone has their rough nights, but things have clearly taken a turn for the surreal when Angel, a young photographer, finds a group of drunken teenagers in the courtyard of his apartment building, taunting a young troll. Trolls are known in Scandinavian mythology as wild beasts like the werewolf, but this troll is just a small, wounded creature. Angel decides to offer it a safe haven for the night. In the morning Angel thinks he dreamed it all. But he finds the troll alive, well, and drinking from his toilet. What does one do with a troll in the city? Angel begins researching frantically. Angel searches the Internet, folklore, nature journals, and newspaper clippings, but his research doesn't tell him that trolls exude pheromones that have a profound aphrodisiac effect on all those around him. As Angel's life changes beyond recognition, it becomes clear that the troll is familiar with the man's most forbidden feelings, and that it may take him across lines he never thought he'd cross. A novel of sparkling originality, Troll is a wry, peculiar, and beguiling story of nature and man's relationship to wild things, and of the dark power of the wildness in ourselves.

About Johanna Sinisalo

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Johanna Sinisalo is a Finnish science fiction and fantasy writer who won the James Tiptree Jr. Award, as well as the most acclaimed Finnish literary prize, the Finlandia, for her novel Troll. She also edited The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy and she was nominated for a Nebula Award for her short story "Baby Doll.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 292 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The mystery of Pessi’s appearance deepens as Sinisalo presents conflicting theories: that the troll is an animal species, an unclassifiable hybrid, or an earthly image of Satan—while leading us toward a catastrophic finale that seems to confirm the veterinarian’s suspicion that radical climatic c...

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Obsessed by his new companion, whom he names Pessi, Angel sets out to learn everything he can about trolls, which in the novel's world are a real but extremely rare species.

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Meanwhile, Pessi's presence generates pheremones that make Angel an object of desire among men who once jilted him.The story hits its peak when Angel recruits Pessi for an ad campaign he has been hired to photograph.

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Angel, a young gay photographer, is on his way home when he discovers a gang of teens beating up a small hairy troll.

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Blending both, Sinisalo mixes doses of encyclopedia entries, newspaper articles and books, and Angel’s point of view, all focused on the one implausible piece: that trolls exist, and most particularly, this troll, whom Angel names Pessi.

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