Arriving in northern Finland after World War II to purchase a dilapidated mill, the eccentric Gunnar Huttunen is feared and reviled by local villagers because of his habit of nighttime howling and they soon force him out of local society and into the role of a hermit in the nearby forest. Original.
World War II-veteran Gunnar Huttunen runs a mill in a village in northern Finland, but begins to lose his mind, and after a drunken rampage he is sent to an insane asylum. After escaping, he lives in the woods near the village as a madman and hermit. Finnish author Arto Paasilinna's novel is a surreal and darkly humorous fable of conformity and madness.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary, Types of Characters, Settings