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The Worm Hole Podcast Episode 33: Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

Charlie and Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen (The Rabbit Back Literature Society; Secret Passages In A Hillside Town) discuss dreams that become literature – vampires; books where words and plot points change in a sort of book plague; secret passages that wipe your memory, and many more – writing a book that’s difficult for a reader to work out and not knowing yourself what the answer is, creepy and traumatic fictional games, and issuing an alternative ending to your novel in a brand new publication.

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Release details: recorded 26th February 2021; published 8th March 2021

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01:38 How has being a literature teacher influenced your writing?
02:54 What is your role when it comes to translation; do you work with the translators?
05:03 ‘Nosterafu’ is used in both The Rabbit Back Literature Society and Secret Passages in a Hillside Town – you’re interested in vampires?
11:29 What is the importance to you of the Finnish title, Lummiko and Nine Others?
13:27 Would it be right to say you’re interested in folklore?
15:11 Why did you want Rabbit Back to be difficult to understand?
16:39 You say you yourself don’t know what happened to Laura White. Do you have a preference in regards to readers’ interpretations?
20:03 You’ve got this book ‘plague’ where words and plots change. Where did you get the idea?
24:32 Where is The Game from?
31:22 The idea of a ‘cinematic life’ in Secret Passages – where did that come from?
34:49 How did you choose the films that you refer to?
36:30 Why did you use the Famous Five?
37:49 Is Ollie’s lack of use of his son’s name (in terms of the third person narrative) important to the plot?
39:35 Secret Passages has two endings – is there one you prefer?
41:19 What are you writing at the moment?

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