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Not Before Sundown

(2003)
(Troll: A Love Story)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
James Tiptree, Jr. Award Best Book
Mikhael, a young, gay commercial photographer, finds in the courtyard of his high-rise apartment block a small, man-like creature. It is a troll, a beast familiar to us from Scandinavian mythology where, through the ages, it has been used to frighten children. The troll is a demonic wild beast, a hybrid like the werewolf. Today it is used as a hairy, cuddly toy by Nordic children. Mikhael gives the troll a name, Pessi, and takes him home. The first thing Mikhael does is research everything that has been written about trolls from the internet, from folklore tales, studies of nature science and various newspaper cuttings. Palomita, the Filipino woman from downstairs, helps Mikhael understand that Pessi is like a child that must be fed and nurtured. What the reader learns is that trolls exude pheromones that smell like a Calvin Klein aftershave, and causes all the novel's characters to fall in love with one another - one-sidedly and cross-wise. Mikhael falls in love with Martes, the head of an advertising agency. Doctor Spiderman and Ecke in turn fall in love with Mikhael because of the scent. What Mikhael fails to learn, with tragic consequences, is that Pessi the troll is the interpreter of man's darkest, most forbidden feelings.

    

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Hardback Editions

May 2004 : USA Hardback

Title: Troll: A Love Story
Author(s): Johanna Sinisalo
ISBN: 1-4177-2311-4 / 978-1-4177-2311-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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Paperback Editions

May 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Not Before Sundown
Author(s): Johanna Sinisalo
ISBN: 0-7206-1350-7 / 978-0-7206-1350-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen
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February 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Troll: A Love Story
Author(s): Johanna Sinisalo
ISBN: 0-8021-4129-3 / 978-0-8021-4129-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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May 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Not Before Sundown
Author(s): Johanna Sinisalo
ISBN: 0-7206-1171-7 / 978-0-7206-1171-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Troll: A Love Story
Author(s): Johanna Sinisalo
ISBN: 1-5226-6008-9 / 978-1-5226-6008-8
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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June 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Troll: A Love Story
Author(s): Johanna Sinisalo
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Troll: A Love Story
Author(s): Johanna Sinisalo
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Troll: A Love Story
Author(s): Johanna Sinisalo
Publisher: Grove Press
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