Tango on intohimoni



1970 Kauneimmat runot Runokokoelma ('The Most Beautiful Poems'), Kirjayhtymä.

Dr. Ph. Pekka Tarkka on the back cover: "This book is a kind of a biography and an action description combined. It tells about a young seeker after truth who has drawn extreme conclusions from the serious problems of life. The union of intelligence and fantasy comes true in these texts in a way which is typical for the so-called underground movement. In the literal tradition at least one predecessor could be mentioned: the German Wilhelm Busch."



1971 Lastuja Novellikokoelma ( 'Written Whittlings'). Kirjayhtymä.

Collection of short stories, 1971. Dr. Ph. S. Albert Kivinen on the back cover: "Mr. Numminen's collection of short stories Written Whittlings represents an area in our literature which is visited only rarely, namely moderated extravagances. The critique on the society's oppressive structures blossomed into verbal fireworks in The most beautiful poems; now many short stories are tinged with less tension. The author's ethos, which is firmly based on sincere decency, does not remain a bloodless abstraction. No, in Mr. Numminen's Whittlings moral and ethical views are combined with an insightful description of the current society, giving its readers useful rules for life."



1975 Satuja ('Fairy Tales')

Stories for children, 1975. (Translation: Swedish: Mats Huldén. Estonian: Linda Viiding). As peculiar stories for children as the Poems and the Whittlings for adults. These stories include A rat who wanted to get butterfly wings, A jet boy watches the world and A swallow and a minister, among others.



1978 Jänikset maailmankartalle! ('Recognise the Worldwide Rights of the Rabbits'). Kirjayhtymä.

This novel takes place in the 16th century Finland. There is a hero, his beloved, a bad robber chief, a good king ¯ and, of course, a big pink rabbit called Kukurtaja (a medieval Finnish name).



1978 Diskreta hejdlösheter. ('Moderated Extravagances'). Tidens Förlag.

Collection of poems, short stories and drawings in Swedish, Stockholm 1977. (Translation by Claes Andersson, Mats Huldén and M.A.Numminen). On the back cover: "Diskreta hejdlösheter is the name of the book which presents M.A.Numminen as an author in Sweden. Here you have song texts which attract attention and prose writings and also totally unique and delicate, yet mad drawings which have not been seen in Sweden earlier."



1981 Terässinfonia. ('Steel Symphony') Weilin & Göös.

Debate book in the form of correspondence with philosopher Esa Saarinen, 1981. Mr. Saarinen worked as a scientist in the USA, and Mr. Numminen travelled abroad visiting different European countries. Their co-authored book evoked a cultural scandal because of its complete re-evaluation of the Finnish intelligentsia. And, to counterbalance: "Rock'and'roll will never die!"



1983 Passio Libertatis. Kirjayhtymä.

Collection of poetry and drawings (drawings texted in six languages), 1983. M.A.Numminen wrote a bundle of poems with a strong sexual suspense: a street speaks in New York, a man madly in love in Tallinn, a paralysed man in the grip of erection, etc.



1986 Baarien mies. ('The Beer Bar Man') Kirjayhtymä.

Novel on folksy Finnish beer bars. On the back cover: "Baarien mies by M.A.Numminen is a new kind of a novel, a picaresque story of folksy beer bars and their customers. The main figure is a man called Numminen. Between the New Year's Day and Midsummer's Eve he finds the time to sit in 132 beer bars around Finland, from Tammisaari in the south, to Inari in Lapland, from Ilomantsi near the Russian border in the east, to the island of Föglö in the Swedish-speaking archipelago in the west. The vagabond Numminen takes his reader to a nearly unknown world, where unexpected things contrary to preconception will be revealed. In this book sociological views and alcohol policy are integrated to the amusing descriptions of Mr. Numminen's funny occurrences." M.A.Numminen visited 185 different communes and 350 beer bars for his book.



1987 Kirjeitä virolaiselle runoilijalle. ('Letters to an Estonian poet'). WSOY.

Essays, 1987. On the back cover: "M.A.Numminen writes his 'Human Voice' (series of publications) to the Estonian poet Juhan Viiding. Numminen writes about Finland, "Finnishness", rock, information overflood, art and literature from an exceptional point of view. He writes about himself humoristically as he observes his relationship to King Alcohol and his intentional childlessness. His heart beats for both the intense life of the metropolis and the simple life in the backwoods of Finland. He finds kinship with film director Luis Buñuel. He is impressed by the reform politics of Mikhail Gorbachev, and he outlines an interesting proposal for the Soviet Union."



1991 Etsivätoimisto Andrejev & Milton ('Detective Agency Andreyev & Milton'). Tammi.

Detective novel in the form of correspondence with poet Markku Into, 1991. Mr. Into was living in Stockholm and Mr. Numminen was travelling in Finland and Europe.



1998 Tango on intohimoni.('Tango Is My Passion') Schildts Förlag.

Novel about an avid tango-lover and also a short history of the Finnish tango, 1998. (Translation: Swedish: Trygve Söderling, 1999. German: Eike Fuhrmann, 2000.) On the back cover: "'Many people wonder what is the meaning of life. I know: it is tango.' Virtanen loves tangos more than anything. Admittedly it not anything unusual for a Finn. All Finns love tangos; Finns are crazy about tangos. But Virtanen also loves the Greek philosopher Plato. And Plato has said that a woman is ripe for sexual intercourse at the age of 24 and a man at 35. Virtanen is 35, and in order to win Plato he has decided to keep his boyhood one year longer. A daring venture, and in sharp contrast with Virtanen's passionate way to dance the Finnish Tango. When Virtanen just before his 36th birthday falls in love, a disaster follows."



1999 Helsinkiin - Opiskelija Juho Niityn sivistyshankkeet 1960-1964.

('To Helsinki Novel partly based on Mr. Numminen's own experiences, 1999. On the back cover: "Helsinkiin tells about Juho Niitty, a young man who moves from the countryside to the capital and commences his studies at the Helsinki University in the fall of 1960. The contrast with the past is tremendous in Niitty's own life as well as in the cultural life of Helsinki. Finland is undergoing a cultural breakthrough of modern art. Juho Niitty sets his targets high: he wants to become a cultivated person. Niitty is enchanted with social sciences and philosophy but is also charmed with the higher cultures. Wine, women and song fascinate him, too."