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2010 December 15
by amy

How can I not want to read a book where the villain is a kakapo?!

From the author of the critically acclaimed Troll, the new novel from Johanna Sinisalo [Birdbrain] is full of her trademark style, surreal invention, and savage humor

cover image for Birdbrain by Johanna Sinisalo

Set in Australasia, this is the story of a young Finnish couple who have embarked on the hiking trip of a lifetime, with Heart of Darkness as their only reading matter. Conrad’s dark odyssey turns out to be a prescient choice as their trip turns into a tortuous thriller, with belongings disappearing, and they soon find themselves at the mercy of untamed nature, seemingly directed by the local kakapo—a highly intellegent parrot threatened with extinction. This is a skillful portrait of the unquenchable desire of Westerners for the pure and the primitive, revealing the dark side of the explorer’s desire—the insatiable need to control, to invade, and leave one’s mark on the landscape. But what happens when nature starts to fight back?
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