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HIGH-RISE (working title)

Hanna-Riikka Kuisma

  • Original Title: KERROSTALO
  • Publication date: March 2019
  • Publisher: LIKE
  • Country: FI
  • 332 print pages
  • Drama

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Finland
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Dependence, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Inequality, Inner-city violence, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations

Pitch

When the high-rise was new it was the pride of the city, an example of modern living, a beacon of a brighter future. But today you won’t find happy homes or successful people in this building. It has become the residence for those who struggle. In this concrete jungle, everything is connected and lives are shattered by violence and substances.

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Awarded the Art Prize of the Satakunta Arts Council in 2019
Nominated for the Finlandia Prize

“A realistic suburb story mesmerizes you like the best kind of thriller, bringing out dystopian horrors.” – Rakkaudesta kirjoihin

Pitched as Trainspotting meets City of God in a suburban apartment building.

Hanna-Riikka Kuisma is an acclaimed Finnish writer, art critic and columnist.

Summary

When the high-rise was new it was the pride of the city, an example of modern living, a beacon of a brighter future. But today you won’t find happy homes, stylish decorations or successful people in this building. It has become the residence for those who struggle.

In this concrete jungle, everything is connected and lives are fragmented, memories shattered by violence and substances.

With multiple narrators, short chapters and a dash of black humour, Hanna-Riikka Kuisma paints a realistic picture of a modern slum.

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