The Blood of Angels

The Blood of Angels

( Finnish - Enkelten verta - 2011 )

novel by Johanna Sinisalo

translated by Lola M. Rogers

Published: Peter Owen - trade paperback - 2014
ISBN: 0720610044 / 9780720610048

Peter Owen - e-book- 2015
eISBN: 0720613124 / 9780720613124

The phenomenon of colony-collapse disorder, the sudden mass disappearance of bees, has become so widespread that much of the world although not, as yet, Finland is facing agricultural and ecological disaster. Amateur beekeeper Orvo, devastated by the recent death of his eco-warrior son, finds two of his hives deserted and begins to fear that the epidemic has reached Scandinavia. Then, in the attic of the old barn, he makes a mystical and frightening discovery: a pathway to a parallel world. Is it a hallucination stimulated by sorrow and loss or is it something very real and connected with the bees disappearance? His research teaches him that in practically every culture bees are viewed as half-supernatural messengers that can travel between worlds and are associated with resurrection and the afterlife. He begins to wonder if this portal could reunite him with his dead son and whether he can himself escape the ecological meltdown of this world.


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