Raittila, Hannu "Canal Grande" (Finnish: Canal Grande) - 2001
I don't think I would have ever found this book if it wasn't for Bookcrossing. You know, the site that "encourages readers to read, register, and release books for others to enjoy." Great idea because I would have missed a good laugh.
A group of Finnish scientists is going to Venice in order to prevent it from sinking. The Finnish and Italian mentality and … uhm … work ethic clash, to say the least.
A funny, totally absurd novel, partly chaotic, partly incredibly hilarious. I loved it. If you want to find out more about the people from that small Scandinavian country, read this book.
From the back cover:
"What happens when a group of five Finnish experts travel to Venice as part of a UNESCO project to try to save the the town from sinking?
Well, a lot of nonsense is happening. And yet everything is also quite profound.
Hilarious, intelligent, full of allusions to literature, art and culture, 'Canal Grande' is an extraordinarily unusual novel, an entertaining engagement not only with Venice, but also with Western culture."