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Antisankari, yksityisetsivä Jussi Vares: Reijo Mäen henkilöhahmojen suhteesta suomalaisen proosan traditioon ja rikoskirjallisuuteen
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Baltic Languages, Finnish and German.
2010 (Finnish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In my study I analyse Reijo Mäki’s four books Pimeyden tango (1997), Pahan suudelma (1998), Keltainen leski (1999) and Black Jack (2003).  I’m interested whether Mäki as a writer belongs to traditional Finnish prose which started from Aleksis Kivi than genre of crime literature.

After Kai Laitinen humour, nature and democracy are typical to Finnish literature tradition.  Mäki’s milieu descriptions are closer to the Finnish literary tradition. Through nature the characters mirror their emotions, feelings and events. The environment is not only seen, but it is also smelled, touched and heard. Through the marks of the nature characters give right as well as misleading clues. It is particularly characteristic to the Finnish literary tradition to describe division of life, social status and the freedom and lack of it through weather, which is not typical to the crime literature.  Also Mäki’s characters are democratic and everyday and strongly individualistic and anti-social despite of person’s social standing.  Laitinen’s point of view is that in the Finnish literary tradition equality is only between men. In Mäki’s fiction women characters are narrow and they are only seen how they look.

Mäki represents the modern criminal literature in which are characteristics of puzzle, hard-boiled and police novels. Unlike hardboiled detective stories his books are full of verbal descriptions. In conclusion Mäki’s books clearly represent the Finnish literary tradition.

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2010. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
Detective stories, crime fiction, hardboiled detective stories, Finnish literary tradition
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-40853OAI: diva2:326812
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2010-07-05 Created: 2010-06-24 Last updated: 2010-07-05Bibliographically approved

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