April 22nd, 2011
A play based on Risto Isomäki’s novel, The Sands of Sarasvati, has just had its first night at Rovaniemi Theatre. The book is a sci-fi eco thriller, which was nominated for the Finlandia Prize and was awarded the Star wanderer and Thank you for the book prizes.

Risto Isomäki has written a novel in which he imagines what would happen if part of the Greenland continental glacier was to collapse into the sea. The book is, however, not just an image of the destruction caused by a mega tsunami and of the end of our culture, but also contains a comforting suggestion: we can still prevent the worst through our action, whether climate change is caused by man or our living planet, going through its normal cycle.

The publication of the book had to be postponed because the original release date was just after the 2004 tsunami. The story is painfully topical even now, due to the Japanese nuclear disaster.