2013 The Probate
orig. Perunkirjoitus

In Roope Lipasti’s novel, The Probate, the problems of people are turned into humour. The novel tells a tale of two brothers who embark on a road trip to the other side of Finland in order to participate in their dead relative Jalmari’s probate process. Jalmari, who died at the age of 94, is travelling with them in a funeral urn.

The narrator of the story is the older brother, insurance mathematician Teemu. The brothers are in high spirits for there is a lot of money to be inherited. To celebrate becoming nouveau riche, they start splurging on drinks and amusements during their drive. However, problems cannot be avoided, as the brothers have, throughout their lives, competed with each other on issues ranging from their mother’s attention to women’s affections. This time, their relations are chafed by the younger brother Janne’s ex-wife, Elli, whom Teemu has secretly been entertaining. Teemu perceives Janne as a proper rascal, but during the trip, the reader discovers that the matter can be seen differently as well.

During the road trip, the reader gets to know Jalmari’s story, which is not only a cross-section of the history of Finland but also a humouristic description of old age and the current flow of Finland.

”Humour triumphs.” Helsingin Sanomat

”The Probate, a thrilling tale shaded by dark comedy, provides insight into male experiences.” Lukulamppu

“The Probate is a likable novel. Roope Lipasti’s language is insightful and ambiguous. The world of men is presented to the reader as a very tragicomic place. A woman can relate to it as well.” Karjalainen

”Lipasti’s road trip is full of suave and witty use of words, even though the relationship between the brothers is anything but suave. They are sparking like craggy rocks that smash together on a bumpy road.” Hämeen Sanomat

“The book is a metaphor for a trip into the soul of a middle-aged man. Lipasti could be labelled as a sort of an engineer prosaist. The sentences have been measured to state what is relevant.” Turun Sanomat

“The plot rolls and the narrative progresses from one warm and gentle observation or wisdom to another.” Iris

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