Jarkko Tontti 
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Jarkko Tontti 
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* 09.12.1971, Tampere, Finlandia
Vive en: Helsinki, Finlandia

Jarkko Tontti  is a poet, novelist, essayist and lawyer. He lives in Helsinki, Finland. He is member of PEN International Executive Board and former president of Finnish PEN. He studied law, philosophy and literature at the universities of Helsinki, Edinburgh, Berlin and Brussels. Before his literary career he worked as a lawyer in the Ministry of Justice and in the Parliament of Finland and as a lecturer at the University of Helsinki. Tontti has published collections of poems, novels and essays. His first poetry collection Vuosikirja (Book of Years, 2006) won the Kalevi Jäntti literature prize. Tontti is also known as a human rights activist and columnist. His poems have been translated into English, French, Swedish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Estonian, German, Greek, Slovenian, Latin, Polish, Romanian, Croatian and Portuguese.

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Two distinctive lines can be seen in Tontti's poetry. One is historical and universal, the other personal and intimate. Tontti's writing thus delves into the annals of history, though not through a use of historical language but through his protagonist called Jacasser, a chattering (jacasser, Fr.) oaf (jackass, Eng.). Jacasser is an archetype, a kindred spirit of Henri Michaux’s M. Plume, a man who wanders through history at times as the Greek teacher of Emperor Domitian, at other times as a merciless bishop in 17th-century Tartu, his relation to power remaining throughout one of both faithful servant and silent critic. Tontti tells the story of his trickster protagonist in the third person. With Jacasser’s help, he compares different eras and, in an almost tragicomic light, makes his readers assess the significance of an individual life against the historical backdrop: our relationship to our fathers, to friends, love, to dreams and the seasons.

Publicaciones
  • Vuosikirja

    [Book of Years] poems

    2006

  • Luokkakokous

    [Class reunion] novel

    2007

  • Jacasser

    poems

    2009

  • Koti, uskonto ja isänmaa

    [Home, religion and fatherland] essays

    2011

  • Sali

    [Gym] novel

    2011

  • Vedeeran taru

    [Tale of Vedeera] novel

    2012

  • Lento

    [Flight] novel

    2013

  • Viisastuminen sallittu

    [Wisening permitted] essays

    2016

  • Perintö

    [Legacy] novel

    2018

  • Vedeera vaarallisilla vesillä

    [Vedeera on perilous Waters] fantasy novel

    2018

  • Lain laita

    [Book of Laws] poems

    2020

Premios
  • 2006 Kalevi Jäntti Prize

  • 2013 Lasten LukuVarkaus Prize

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