Alastalon salissa

  • Featured locations
    Kustavi -Archipelago of Kustavi
  • Impact

    Alastalo provides the stage for Volter Kilpi’s novel Alastalon salissa (In the Parlour at Alastalo), which is set in the Kustavi archipelago in south-western Finland. Kilpi’s novel, which is notable for its radical use of the Finnish language and its many neologisms, was published in 1933 in an edition of more than 900 pages. The novel features the kind of stream-of-consciousness associated with Proust and Joyce, and Kilpi uses this narrative technique to express the thoughts of Finnish fishing peasants, who gather during one Thursday in October around the year 1860 in order to discuss and decide on building of a sailing barque. Kilpi manages to prove that modern narrative strategies can also be used to describe a rural milieu.

    Alastalon salissa is still regarded as a unique achievement in Finnish literature.
    In Kustavi there is an annual cultural week celebrating Volter Kilpi.

  • Balticness
    Kilpi provides a detailed picture of the social hierarchy in an archipelago parish. For these people, the sea and ships are the means to a better future, mobility and prosperity, while also representing possibilities to satisfy their wanderlust.

    Ritva Hapuli

  • Bibliographic information
    Alastalon salissa. Otava, Helsinki 1965 Albatrossin tarina (XIII luku – Chapter XIII) Otava, Helsinki 1965
    first publication: 1933 in Finland
  • Translations
    Language Year Translator
    Estonian 1968 Hard Lepik (abr.) 
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