Original title: Turms, kuolematon, 1955. Translated in English in 1956.
Dividing it's time between Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome, the book reveals the story of Lars Turms, who can remember nothing of his life before being 'delivered to the earth from a thunderbolt.' Turms travels from city to city, seeking a place to call home, and all the while turning his back on his destiny.
When it comes to international repute, Mika Waltari's (1908–1979) sole competitor in Finnish literature is the national epic, Kalevala.
In Finland too the extensive and variegated production of this master
of narrative has maintained its reputation and reading audience nearly
half a century after the end of the author's most powerful creative
phase. Waltari's books continue to be read by young and old alike,
sparking interest among ordinary readers and literary scholars.
Waltari's genius emerged early on. Even as a twenty-year-old he was a prominent figure in the Finnish literary movement known as Tulenkantajat (the Flame-bearers), which sought to throw open the windows of Finnish literature to Europe. His first ... (more)