2015 Antihero
Orig. Antisankari

Utopia is an eco-state where no one consumes or owns anything, and KoroNovo is its opposite. Antti Sankari is one of twelve Utopia-based orphans, who have been given the surname Sankari (Hero) in honour of their parents. He is a press photographer who employs the camera obscura method, and a freak of nature – or perhaps not. Can Antti even exist, someone wonders. And so, Sankari travels to KoroNovo. He is welcomed by media guru Michele Po, also known as the bibulous Tzal, as well as He, the narrator, who carefully monitors Antti’s movements.

Antti’s companion is the stunning, suspended reporter L.I. Airiainck and the young Meteora, who keeps a diary – but then again, she mostly focuses on trees. The legends of the Great Director, who founded Utopia, also have something to do with Antti’s odyssey.

Antihero is an anti-story about dreams, compromises, the consumer society and love. The novel’s narrative frenzy and its mixture of high and low cannot be found elsewhere. Salmela uninhibitedly blasphemes and describes heroism and the world we live in.

Finland, Teos