Riku Korhonen’s Kahden ja Yhden Yön Tarinoita as Reflection on the Suburban Fragmentation of Community

  • Lieven AmeelEmail author
  • Tuomas Juntunen


This chapter examines Riku Korhonen’s Kahden ja yhden yön tarinoita (“Tales of two and one nights” 2003) as a satirical commentary on late twentieth-century discourses of urban development, in particular with regards to the concrete suburb. The complex structure of the novel invites a reading that emphasizes how the narrative mirrors, questions and re-enacts the fragmentation of the urban fabric and the social cohesion in the post-industrial city. The novel problematizes the idea of urban community within the spatial context of the “second city” in two distinct ways. First, as a novel that is set at the outskirts of Finland’s former capital, Turku; and second, for the way in which the text imagines a sprawling, secondary urbanism that takes on more universalist characteristics.


Turku Suburb Planning narratives Episode novel 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TampereTampereFinland
  2. 2.Helsinki universityHelsinkiFinland

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