A review of
Things in the Night
by Mati Unt
Its time he finished his novel, a follow-up to a moderate success. Its about electricity, a topic, he admits, much too general to be worth a damn. It will be written in dialogue form, where it remains unclear who is who. Stay with him here, this narrator in the prologue. About the style he has chosen for his novel he says, it amused me a good deal at first, in an egotistical way, of coursefor what else can such amusement be? The reader finishes the prologue and, forewarned, turns to The First Chapter of the Novel. It is what our narrator promisedthe first chapter of a novel all in dialogue spoken by characters difficult to pin down. A middle-aged Estonian man gets interrogated (by a reporter? a cop? an old friend?) about his plan to destroy the Liikola Power Station. The mans hope: the beginning of the end of modernity. A single act of terrorism will start the downward spiral of civilization, the age of electric imperialism. This man is convincing, and some readers will be thinking, Here it is at lastthe apocalyptic, post-Soviet, metaphysical, political thriller Ive been waiting for.
But wait, the next chapter is titled Reality.
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