Juhani Brander (b. 1978) is an author, columnist, and critic from Turku who has previously published three poetic works and the lauded short prose work The Destruction of Species (Lajien tuho, 2007). In his free time the author plays chess and jazz, and reads Greek mythology and studies of twentieth century American political history.
The most stylistically interesting of the prose newcomers is Juhani Brander’s The Destruction of Species.
– Markku Soikkeli, author and literary critic
An alternative, happy, and idyllic world is not offered in this work of short prose; The Destruction of Species stands up to criticism.
– Ville Hytönen, Parnasso literary magazine
Necrologies (Nekrologeja, 2010) is a spine-tingling, humorous jump under the soil. In the style of the Spoon River Anthology, this collection of stories tells of those who have been interned in their final resting place. At the same time it tells just as much about us over-worlders and what we strive for before our ultimate journey. Juhani Brander’s amusingly laconic short prose work digs the black humor out of the last taboo of our time—death.
Brander was selected as the only Finn for the Best European Fiction 2010 anthology published in the United States. The Bosnian author Alexander Hemon, who edited the anthology, mentioned especially Brander’s texts in an interview with The New York Times.
Original name: Nekrologeja
Publisher: Sammakko 2010
Hardcover 120 x 185 mm
Cover design: Riikka Majanen