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Gunnar Damström
23-11-04, 06:30
When Erik Wahlström, journalist and author writes a book, you could expect something special. You will not be dissappoited with Den Dansande Prästen, published this fall. Den Dansande Prästen is a biography in novel form of Uno Cygnaeus, called the the father of the Finnish public school. Uno Cygnaeus was ordained as a priest, caused a maid to be in circumstances, and fled to New Archangelsk, also known as Sitka, Alaska where he was pastor in the newly established Lutheran Church. A relentless womanizer he soon got into troubles. Erik Wahlström is a masterly narrator and a great humorist. His style in "Den Dansande Prästen" brings to mind Irving Stones masterpieces Lust for Life and The Agony and the Extacy. Reading Den Dansande Prästen I was alternately squirming with laughing convulsions or shedding tears of movement. I hope this book, with so much Northamerican history intertwined would some day be translated to English. The book can be requisitioned at the offices of Svenska Folkskolans Vänner www.sfv.fi

Gunnar

sune
23-11-04, 15:34
Wahlström's book was a couple of days ago nominated among five other novels for the Finlandia prize in litterature. The winner will be announced the on third of december.

Sune