Friday Night Lecture Series with author Karl Marlantes


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Karl Marlantes’ presentation will draw parallels between his novel Deep River and the Kalevala epic. The novel’s characters are echoes of the Kalevala characters. For example, the two brothers, Matti and Ilmari, are hot-headed Lemminkäinen and Ilmariinen, the smithy who forges the Sampo, respectively. The younger sister, Aino, is independent Louhi, matriarch of the Northland. Just as the Kalevala is about the emergence of culture in Finland, so is Deep River about the pioneering struggles of Finnish immigrants in the early twentieth century in the logging communities of southern Washington near the mouth of the Columbia River.

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