Marisha Rasi-Koskisen’s Rec highlights the distorted relationship of modernity to stories.
Marisha Rasi-Koskinen: Rec. S&S. 647 s.
Immediately it must begin with: Marisha Rasi-Koskisen Rec is one of the biggest and most impressive works of this year. And not just for the number of pages.
However, it is not one of the easiest.
The novel shatters the story, and the form and content intertwine and mirror in ways that are difficult to combine with any other work. In the rec there is no content without form, and no form without content.
In the past, Rasi-Koskinen has seemed to reach levels of time and place that people rarely reach in words. In the rec the end result is like the camera obscura described in the lawsuit, where everything is reflected and repeated the other way around, forcing the reader in some places to face even difficult questions.
Rec is Rasi-Koskinen’s Fifth Novel. From a youth novel published last year The dark side of the sun he won both the Finnish and Young Aleksis Prize for Children’s and Adolescent Literature. Also in that In the rec questions about time and place that came up in a large part came close to the reader.
Plot level reduced Rec sounds moderately approachable. Lucas is an ordinary child, “an ordinary word in the most common sense of the word”. Everything changes when he meets the age of thirteen Cole – Cole and Nikki’s twin brother, whose character is woven into the many mysteries of the book.
Lucas becomes Luc and the boys become friends, definitely and passionately, at least for a while. They share secrets and plans – and rooms. Rooms are their own realities, with their own rules and boundaries, mysteries and meanings. The work is divided into these metaphorical and existing rooms.
The story of early teens intersects with the story of adult Lucas. In adulthood, Lucas and Cole aren’t really friends anymore, but Cole is present in everything.
The adult Lucas is from a foreign country, possibly Eastern Europe, where the language is foreign and the habits strange. Lucas is a way to create Cole, and he remembers their journey some years earlier tekemäänsä film project.
The film also connects to the city to which Cole has called Lucas. Film and the city are also connected through their associated meanings: each represents guilt, trauma, dual meanings, and secrets.
Plot, the course of events, however In Rec definitely in the side section. This is not to say that the story is not interesting and significant. However, the real builder of meaning in the work is elsewhere: in language, structure, psychology. In content and form.
As you can already see from the title of the book, there is saving In the rec strongly present. But also questioning the recording: when something is recorded, be it in pictures or words, it is easy to think that a piece of objective truth has now been recovered.
However, nothing could be further from the truth, Lucas finds out. Everything has choices, stories. This is already clear from the first page, where “as an accompaniment to the visitor” it is stated, among other things, that “watching is an act” and “the image ultimately only exists when you look at it”.
The book highlights the distorted relationship of modernity to stories. On the other hand, everyone, including politics and science, wants to be told. On the other hand, the value of a movie or book story increases quite especially if it is based on true events. The sense and extent to which no story is “true” is shown In the rec strongly problematic.
Recording is done especially through photography. What does the photo describe, what is happening behind it? In what kind of images are we ourselves the background?
At the moment Rasi-Koskinen is a full-time writer, but she has previously worked as a psychologist. The background is reflected in the works ’subtle, incredibly accurate and complex description of the relationship between people and them. In the rec the psyche is dived deep, both at the level of words and events. The sentences describing the damage to the mind are repeated as they are repeated: “If compulsive thought had a visual form, it would be this: No.”
The steps of early young people in the middle ground between adulthood and childhood are particularly well highlighted. Through this, two great descriptions of youth and identity formation come to mind: Monika Fagerholm Prima donna (1998) and Riikka Pelon All living (2019), in which young minds and lives are approached openly and fearlessly.
Youth events can have enormous implications, Rec point. Cella has a huge influence on Lucas, and Rasi-Koskinen describes the human relationship that is becoming manipulative in many places with breathtaking intensity. Half proportion is present in many ways: not only through Cole’s brother, also a symbiotic friendship relation Lucas and Cole, where the boundaries are blurred, even when those would definitely be a need.
Mostly I think that novels are improved compacted, and 400 is the absolute maximum number of pages.
Marisha Rasi-Koskisen Rec is, however Thomas Mannin Magic Mountain such an exception. Every page is full of meaning, none I would take away.