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Viimeiset Vieraat: Elämää Autiotaloissa [The House in the Woods]

Art / Photobook

By: Kai Fagerström (Illustrator), Heikki Willamo (Contributor), Risto Rasa (Contributor)

160 pages, colour photos

Maahenki Oy

Hardback | Apr 2010 | #206253 | ISBN-13: 9789525652857
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About this book

Language: Finnish

This is the original Finnish version of The House in the Woods.

The stoves in these deserted houses are now cold, but their rooms have attracted new inhabitants from the nearby woods.

An ambiguous atmosphere reigns in the houses. The melancholic spirits of the last residents linger in the structures and abandoned household items even though the living quarters have been taken over by new noises: a rustle in the corner, quiet footsteps under the floorboards. Squeaks, shadows and rapid movement. Mice, squirrels, foxes and badgers as well as numerous species of birds live in nooks and crannies. Nature is reclaiming what it only gave away for a loan.

By recording some of the last visitors to these houses falling into decay, Heikki Willamo and Kai Fagerström have managed to create a magical and fabulous pictorial world. Willamo's gripping prose is punctuated by Risto Rasa's delightful poems. The Finnish edition of this charming and fresh nature book has reached its second print. The English edition was published in 2011.

Viimeiset Vieraat reached the final of the WWF Nature Book of the Year competition in 2010. Kai Fagerström's photographs of animals in deserted houses won him the top prize in his category in the Nature Photograph of the Year competition and a recommendation in the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2010.

Summary in Finnish:

Autiotalojen liedet ovat hiipuneet, mutta tyhjiin huoneisiin on asettunut uusia asukkaita, metsän eläinväkeä.

Taloissa vallitsee ristiriitainen tunnelma. Viimeisten asukkaiden henki leijuu vielä haikeana rakenteissa ja tavaroissa, vaikka uudet äänet täyttävät jo tuvat. Nurkassa rasahtaa, lattialankkujen alta kuuluu vaimeaa tassutusta. Vikinää, varjoja ja nopeita häivähdyksiä. Hiiret, oravat, ketut ja mäyrät sekä monet linnut majailevat talojen sopukoissa. Luonto ottaa takaisin lainassa olleen paikan.

Heikki Willamo ja Kai Fagerström ovat tallentaneet ränsistyvien rakennusten viimeisiä vieraita lumoavaksi ja sadunhohtoiseksi kuvamaailmaksi. Willamon mukaansatempaavaan tekstiin limittyvät Risto Rasan valloittavat runot. Ihastuttava, erilainen luontokirja on yltänyt jo toiseen painokseen. Englanninkielinen laitos ilmestyy vuonna 2011.

Kirja valittiin WWF:n Vuoden luontokirja 2010 -kilpailun finalistiksi. Kai Fagerström on saanut autiotalojen eläinkuvillaan mm. sarjavoiton Vuoden Luontokuva 2010 -kilpailussa sekä erikoiskunniamaininnan kansainvälisessä Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year -kilpailussa.


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