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Thoughts?
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S.A. Salviander examines and perceives life from ever-changing angles in his vignettes and short stories. He perfects them like gem stones, but not within the old-fashioned confines; he will surprise and shock you with strange edges and cuts, which will turn the normal everyday situations completely upside-down, so that the depth might be on the surface and the surface somewhere very, very deep... The logic does not have to march on in the normal left-right-left-right manner, but it can happily hop around on one leg, jump very suddenly to the side or up, or draw dazzling rainbows on the sky with the roller-skates of imagination. The traditional meanings and definitions of words are tested sometimes very profoundly, as the kaleidoscopic images of life will flash by so fast that it is almost impossible to tell whether they reflect from normal mirrors or from those that twist the reflection at the amusement parks. However skewed the images might come across at times, though, behind each and every one of them is a serious and mature process of the search for truth and for the deeper meaning of what it takes to be a human. It is just done in a very unconventional way to stir up thoughts that would not arise otherwise. A considerate reader is definitely rewarded with many adrenaline-charged discoveries, disconcerting images, and confusing questions during the trek through this book. The assessment upon the meaning of life might result in being someone else's pogo stick or a yo-yo, but irrespective of something the reader would think of as an end statement for a story, all the biases are launched into space like New Year's Eve fireworks and nothing is really as simple, or holy, as it might seem first... 'The countdown has started'.
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S. A. Salviander (1971-), a native of southwest Finland, is a rather unconventional author, having worked several diverse jobs, from game store manager and butcher's assistant in a slaughterhouse to a Commando in the Finnish Defense Force and software engineer. He's also a composer and musician with multiple released albums in the genres of punk, metal, and electronica. His first book, 'Ajatuksia?' ('Thoughts?') was awarded a place in the 1995 anthology, 'Reviiri' ('Turf') for up and coming young authors in Finland. In 1996, he was a recipient of a stipend to support his continuing literary ambitions full time. However, his relocation to the U.S. in 1998 and a new set of ambitions put a hold on his writing efforts. In 2015, Salviander finally returned to writing with an English translation of his debut book, 'Ajatuksia?' He currently resides in Texas with his wife and daughter.

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