They Know Not What They Do

Pages: 496
Subject: Fiction, Translated Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

They Know Not What They Do

Jussi Valtonen

Translated by Kristian London
A young man's decision to put career before family leads to chilling consequences
Hardback
9781780749648 (2 Nov 2017)
RRP £16.99 / US$26.99

The Book

Joe Chayefski has got what he always wanted: a reputation as one of America's top neuroscientists, a beautiful wife and two perfect daughters. But when his lab is attacked by animal rights activists, Joe is forced to face the past and reconnect with the son he abandoned twenty years earlier. As he struggles to

deal with the sudden collision of his two lives - and to save his eldest daughter from the clutches of an unscrupulous tech company - Joe has to reconsider his

priorities and take drastic action to save those he loves.

An ambitious page-turner of a novel, They Know Not What They Do is perfect for fans of Jonathan Franzen and Dave Eggers.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction, Translated Fiction
Pages 496
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Jussi Valtonen is an author and psychologist from Helsinki. He studied neuropsychology in the United States and screenwriting in the UK. His previous works include two novels and a short story collection. He currently lives in New York.

Kristian London is an American translator who divides his time between Seattle and Helsinki.

Reviews

'A hugely ambitious book. Literary fiction meets sci-fi meets thriller in a gripping exploration of animal rights, the light and dark of new technologies, international academia, and the dynamics within modern families. Excellent.'

- Will Dean, author of Dark Pines

'A contemporary novel that doesn't lose sight of perennial dilemmas.'

- Kirkus

'This hugely ambitious work of contemporary realism offers a dramatic warning about the influence of digital culture.'

- Booklist

‘An engaging and fascinating exploration of the difficulties of modern parenting in the face of social media and technological advancements.'

- Guy Bolton, author of The Pictures

‘The novel addresses a multitude of themes wrapped up in a carefully plotted story with a thread of suspense running through it... The organisations whose tentacles are deeply embedded in so many aspects of our lives are unsettlingly well drawn - step forward Google - and the plotting is cleverly executed.'

- A Life in Books

'Contemporary literature simply doesn't get better than this. A stunning work.'

- Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

'A portrait of our society and a futuristic thriller, the Finnish writer Jussi Valtonen draws a picture of our times as brilliant as it is chilling.'

- L’Express, France

'One of the most extraordinary books of recent times.'

- Könyvutca, Hungary

'Valtonen creates a frightening dystopian suspense that keeps readers spellbound, all the while inciting them to reflect on ethics and morals.'

- L’Obs, France

'An ambitious, nuanced plea for compassion.'

- De Standaard, Belgium

'...a thrilling, full-fledged, revolutionary, well-crafted work.'

- Vilmos Csányi, Est Ujság, Hungary

'They Know Not What They Do is a great novel that shows ambition and the willingness to take risks.'

- Sand am Meer, Austria

'They Know Not What They Do speaks to a large audience. There are few contemporary novels that can address both adolescents and middle-aged people, university professors and young green activists, parents and children, Europeans and Americans. […] Different opinions collide, but no one is right and no one is wrong. They simply see things differently, as if they were living in another dimension. That's what their tragedy is about.'

- Olvass bele literary blog, Hungary

'They Know Not What They Do is an arresting study of the relationship between science and ethics, and of people's inability to communicate with one another.'

- Finlandia Prize 2014 jury