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Se è la mediocrità, la rinuncia ai sogni, l’accettazione di imposizioni e compromessi che tutti i protagonisti di Paasilinna rifuggono, Gunnar Huttunen è l’incarnazione stessa di quella fuga, spinta alle estreme conseguenze. Quando compare nel villaggio sperduto del nord della Lapponia e decide di comprare e rimettere in funzione il vecchio mulino delle Rapide della Foce, ...more
Paperback, Iperborea Narrativa #66, 276 pages
Published 1997 by Iperborea (first published 1981)
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May 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: distant-lands, table
no moomins here!

so this is a book written in finnish, translated into french and then translated from that into american, so who knows what kind of stew i just read. whatever flavor it was, i liked it, but i can't help but wonder how far removed it was from the original. to complicate things further, to me it feels very eastern european, in tone and subject matter - it just feels gombrowicz-y or like a somewhat wackier kundera or kafka. just in bits, though. and i usually ignore translator/tion
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
quattro stelle di ammirazione sconfinata per gunnar che, nel tempo che impiego io a scrivere 'ste due righe, rimette in sesto mulini abbandonati, allestisce accampamenti nel bosco, si procaccia il cibo e soprattutto resiste, resiste, resiste. daje!
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gunner Huttunen è un mugnaio. Non si sa da dove viene, ma si sa che nei lavori manuali è bravo.
Non si sa cosa gli passa per la testa, ma si sa che quando è felice imita gli animali della foresta, e quando è triste e si sente oppresso ulula.

Queste poche caratteristiche sono sufficienti perché il paesino bigotto in cui vive, lo tacci di pazzia.

Adesso per un attimo estraniamoci dalla storia.
Paasilinna è finlandese. Se per caso pensate di trovarvi davanti, un uomo dagli occhi di ghiaccio, dallo st
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ema by: Liviu
This book was pretty amazing, and different. I'm still brooding over the ending. It's not exactly a happy one, but neither it is sad. It has the same small touch of fantasy as the entire novel.
Except for the description of how a mill works, which bored me a little, the rest of the novel is gripping, the kind of story which makes me live inside it, suffering and rejoicing along with the characters.

A mysterious, tall man buys the old mill in a northern Finnish village. His past is unknown and hi
Кремена Михайлова
За мен това се оказа сериозна книга, не смешна.
Освен основната тема, е и книга за любовта и приятелството.
А най-трудният въпрос - как бих се отнесла аз, ако наоколо имаше подобен "случай".

„Захвърли фаса и пак зави жално, продължително, заплашително и пронизително като притиснат в ъгъла звяр. Веднага му олекна. Стана му хубаво, защото отдавна не беше вил на воля.“
Jan Koster
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De huilende molenaar van Paasilinna is onweerstaanbaar. Alleen al dit citaat:
“Kunnari, zou je er niet verstandig aan doen om deze molen te verkopen en naar Amerika te gaan? Naar wat ik ervan gehoord heb, is gek zijn daar geen schande, daar lopen ze gewoon vrij rond”.

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Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderfully strange book. I can honestly say I have never read anything like this. Having never been to Finland, I enjoyed the cultural nuances, even if the book is set in Post WWII. I found myself utterly addicted to this book, enthralled with the main character and wanting to know what happened next. Well worth a read, especially if you are looking for something a little different.
Mira Baldaranova
И докато в „Годината на заека“ абсурдът достига кулминацията си на срещата с военните аташета, то в „Мелничарят, който виеше срещу луната“ героят Хутунен официално е обявен за луд и изпратен в лудница. Спонтанен и необуздан в реакциите си, той контрастира на подреденото еснафско общество по необичаен начин. Изважда навън цялата мъка, самота, жажда за свобода и тъга като вие нощем срещу луната. С което предизвиква смут и поредица от необичайни събития за малкото финландско селце.

И така по цели но
Mar 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
Gunnar Huttunen moves to a village in Northern Finland, an outsider bringing with him a tragic past and a small complex of eccentricities, including an irresistible need to sometimes howl for long periods during the night. Before very long, the village leaders turn against him and do everything they can to forcibly expel the odd man. Against his will, Gunnar is cast in the roll of pariah and takes to the wooded hills surrounding the village, intent on recovering, in time, his honor, his mill wor ...more
Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1980s, 2009, finland
I've never read a book - or perhaps fable is the more appropriate word - quite like this one. The blurb on the back compares our protagonist, Gunnar Huttunen, to Ignatius Reilly, but the comparison is inapt. Huttunen is an eccentric, to be sure, but is not as malicious in nature as Reilly. Huttunen howls (hence the title) which is surely annoying, but not dangerous. He is a productive member of society, running the mill which had become dilapidated when he bought it. But the main problem seems t ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the books written by Paasilina that I have read are amazing, but this was my first, that's why I consider it a very special one. The whole story is like a strange fairy tale, where characters are almost real but perhaps, too human to be real. Gunnar Huttumen, the miller, is special because he doesn't care about being different and behaving the way he feels, no matter what his "normal" neighbours think. He paints his mill the colour that he wants, he doesn't talk if he doesn't think it is nec ...more
Withdrawn from Oldham Metro Library Service.

Translated by Will Hobson from the French of Anne Colin du Terrail. (wonder how this will work out)

Bookmark here is a thank you notelet fron flister Esther.

Opening: Soon after the wars, a tall fellow appeared in the canton who said his name was Gunnar Huttunen. Unlike most of the drifters who came up from the south, he didn't go to the forestry department looking for work digging ditches, but bought the old mill on the Suukoski rapids on the Kemijoki R
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always like to read a book from a country I visit while I visit there - and so I read "The Year of the Hare" by Paasilinna (discovered from a 10-best list of Finnish books) on my last visit there. I liked it so much I went on to read this, another book by Paasilinna. I was not disappointed - it is, like "Year of the Hare", a comic adventure tale that takes place in the wild north of Finland, with similar themes of freedom and constraint, and a love interest thrown in for good measure. And good ...more
Claire Chat de bibliothèques
Un petit ovni qui séduit à petites touches, une petite parenthèse très agréable

Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Iată un roman minunat pe care l-am citit cu mare plăcere și a doua oară. Am resimțit aceeași emoție, m-am întristat și m-am amuzat citind din nou aventurile morarului Huttunen, respins de societate din cauza firii lui ciudate și a felului radical în care tratează prostia și răutatea semenilor săi. „Morarul care urla la lună” este o poveste înduioșătoare despre lipsa de toleranță a oamenilor, despre libertate și imposibilitatea de a o obține.

Personajul lui Gunnar Huttunen este unul memorabil - de
В края на книгата останах с чувството за незавършена история. А ми се щеше също да науча и повече за миналото на главния герой - откъде идва Гунар, винаги ли е проявявал своите странности, или нещо ги е провокирало? Първенците в селото също не успях много да опозная - видя се, че могат да бъдат лоши, но ми се щеше да видя и как реагират в ситуации, които не са обвързани с мелничаря, който така ги дразни. Историята за мен някак стои скицирана, не напълно развита. Въпреки това, романът е хубаво че ...more
Tyler Jones
With the recent translation of The Howling Miller, the English speaking world at last can read the work of Finland's most important novelist, Arto Paasilinna. Although one other book, The Year of the Hare, had previously been translated, only The Howling Miller is easily available to any North American.

Gunnar Huttunen, ex-Finnish soldier of the recent Second World War, wants nothing more than to establish himself once again as a miller in northern part of the country. Buying a dilapidated old mi
Jacqueline Wagenstein
„Мелничарят, който виеше срещу Луната“ разказва необикновената, ако не и зловеща история на Гунар Хутунен. Изникнал внезапно в малко селище, за да купи и възстанови рухващата мелница, той изправя на нокти местните жители. После започва да мели зърното на съселяните си, отваря дъскорезница, влюбва се в Санелма, младата съветничка към местния кръжок по зеленчукопроизводство, и духовете сякаш се усмиряват. До момента, в който Гунар не започва да вие срещу Луната нощем. Жителите на селото го обявява ...more
This is a book that was chosen as a read and sent to me by a dear friend. The story quickly captured my attention, striking a serious chord with me whilst I read about the main protagonist, Gunnar and felt for him during his ongoing struggle for freedom and for individuality.

He turns up mysteriously in a small village and it is not long before the locals begin to mistrust him and even fear him and his seemingly odd behaviour. Such a shame, for the poor misunderstood and harmless loner of a man
Ubik 2.0

Ho visto proprio ieri il bel film “Miracolo a Le Havre” di Aki Kaurismaki [il più noto regista finlandese in attività] e, sebbene l’ambientazione sia totalmente diversa svolgendosi nel porto francese di cui al titolo, vi ho ritrovato sottili affinità con le opere di Arto Paasilinna [il più noto scrittore finlandese in attività].

Il denominatore comune è quel modo di affrontare e descrivere la vita che, ad una trama semplice e ad essere severi un pochino banale, aggiunge il marchio di
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Decisamente superiore al ben più famoso "L'anno della Lepre", questo "Il Mugnaio Urlante", storia dolceamara sulle disavventure del povero Gunnar, un misterioso mugnaio arrivato dal sud della Finlandia, e ritenuto non proprio normale dai suoi concittadini. In effetti, tutte le rotelle al suo posto Gunnar non ce le ha, la sua mania di ululare di notte o imitare alla perfezione gli animali, oltre che fare "scherzi" non proprio carini, si attira antipatie e meschinità dai parte dei suoi compaesani, ...more
Tim Daalderop
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prachtig boek, niet uitzonderlijk mooi geschreven, wel uitzonderlijk levendig verteld. Arto Paasilinna bewijst met dit boek een echte verhalenverteller te zijn; de zinnen komen heel vloeiend, heel natuurlijk bij je binnen, waardoor je als lezer het gevoel krijgt voorgelezen te worden. Ook erg knap: hoofdpersoon Huttunen is op z'n minst bijzonder merkwaardig te noemen, maar Paasilinna brengt hem zo tot leven, weet zijn perspectief zo begrijpelijk op je over te brengen dat niet Huttunen, maar de w ...more
Alessandro Margheriti
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
A volte si direbbe che i pazzi non sono coloro che vengono rinchiusi ma quelli che sono "fuori".
E' un po' così anche nel caso di questa "novella" (facciamolo contento, l'autore) che ha per protagonista un mugnaio maniaco-depresso decisamente stravagante. Ma cosa c'è di male, in fondo, ad ululare a squarciagola?
Non mancano, al solito, le frecciatine politico-culturali (in America, ad esempio, i pazzi sono così numerosi che possono andare in giro liberamente e nessuno gi dice niente) e religiose (
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finlandia
Se comperi un mulino in cattive condizioni, se di notte talvolta ti scappa la voglia di ululare, ti rinchiudono in manicomio. Per così poco? Ti chiederai. Sì, per così poco, se vivi in mezzo a gente che non sa essere diversa da tutti gli altri. Perché si sa, chi non è allineato desta timore. Per non dire di peggio. Chi non è allineato cattura l'attenzione e si guadagna la simpatia e l'affetto dei puri di cuore. Imperdonabile, no? Ecco. Questa è la colpa di Gunnar. Impossibile non amarlo. Stop. L ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From all of Arto Paasilinna's books this one must be the one I took the longest time to go to. I usually just grab his books and finish them in less than a week with delight and spend the rest of my time craving for another book of his I wouldn't have already read. Even the summary of each of his book are always efficients, funny but for some reason this book was different for me than the others. I took more time to get into it but ended up loving it even more than some others! It's genius as al ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the time I read this book, I did not have many of the big titles ticked on my list. It was a fairly impressive read. It shows the social mechanisms, the way an innocent one is vilified - although he is not evil, just different. I must say also that the asylum atmosphere is very well depicted by Paasilinna. It feels like you could go mad yourself just by reading it. A short, very enjoyable book. I might have liked it a lot also because I am so familiar with the Finnish atmosphere.
Stoyan Petrov
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Хубава книга, която те кара да се замислиш докъде може да се разпростре човешката жестокост и защо хората са толкова несправедливи спрямо различните. Паасилина говори не толкова за лудост, колкото за странност у индивида, такава, каквато е присъща на повечето хора. Авторът пише леко, без усилие, а Гунар Хутунен няма как да не ти стане симпатичен и през цялото време ти се иска да престанат да го преследват и просто да го оставят на мира.
Sashko  Liutyj
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social
з перших сторінок читається легко, затягує і проймає.
книжка про те, як система ламає і калічить, про нормальність і самотність.
фінал чудовий.
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Finnish, very dark - but not without humor & hope
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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