Comments on Sören Heim's People are Insects

Last year Ichneumon suggested that I read Leena Krohn's, Tainaron. Mail from Another City, if I'd like to experience a really fantastic journey. Et Voilà...

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Janne Kirjasniemi at 20:22 on 2017-01-09
The name Taina and Tanja(which I think is more close to the russian тайна, although I'm not sure) both have the same etymology, being finnish versions of the russian Tatjana, which comes from latin Tatiana, a roman name and also the name of a martyr, whose story is pretty typical for a roman martyr and doesn't seem to have anything to do with the subject matter. This probably doesn't help much.

It does sound like an interesting book, which I'm kinda shamed I've missed, since I too have finnish as my mother's tongue. But it's good to have aspirations and to-do lists, I guess.
Sören Heim at 09:16 on 2017-01-10
I tried to read up on the etymology on russian wikipedia, but I cant make sense of the abreviations... anyhow it's pronounced "tajnə" so soundwise not that close to Tanja, at least how I would pronounce it...

There is an ebook-version of all of Krohns work which might be helpfull in getting to know the author...
Janne Kirjasniemi at 12:00 on 2017-01-10
No, you're right, I managed to mix together the j(й) and the n(н), which I always manage to do, when I believe I remember it and try to go on without checking first(since I've supposedly learned the alphabet once).

In any case, it is an interesting thing, the russian meaning.
Sören Heim at 09:16 on 2017-01-11
It's interesting but maybe really just free word-association... but it would be nice to find out if there is a connection between greek Tainaron and the russian word for secret... with russia heavily influenced by greek orthodoxy...
Ichneumon at 00:56 on 2017-01-21
I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Sören! It certainly is a curious tale, yet one which pulled at my heartstrings in a way that I can't easily describe. There is something melancholy and ominous yet fragile and tender in it, particularly the odd fragmentary memories of the mysterious intended recipient of the letters and the closing implication of the narrator undergoing their own metamorphosis akin to Longhorn's.
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