Each country has its well-known and loved literary characters whose essence is deeply connected to the identity of a nation or region. This exhibition is about those characters, introducing the fictional world, authors and cultural surrounding of smaller European states. Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg are represented with their literary characters. Learn about the project
Drawings by Hannu Taina, 1976
The thinker of Havukka-Aho, Konsta Pylkkänen appears for the first time in the novel Hirri (1950). Pylkkönen is a thinker, who has a constant need to ponder the world's problems. He is intrigued by all possible occurences and matters from inch worms to atoms and space. Konsta Pylkkänen, the black-moustached hinterland philosopher is practising tippling, pipe smoking and blue thoughts. He has a close relationship with nature, with which he lives in harmony.
In his fantasies Konsta develops different natural phenomenon and occurrences and expounds his thoughts and knowledge. His knowledge has its origins in the nature, where he works as logger, hunts and roams otherwise. In addition he has nine books locked in a suitcase. The most important books are the school geography, natural history and atlas.
Konsta is suspected to be the son of an artist who used to stay in the parish. Konsta himself was away from the parish for a long time and there circled many tales about his life episodes. Pylkkänen himself improved these, by telling that he had completed a master's degree after which he was at sea.
Pylkkänen's life changes when he becomes an assistant for university researchers and is allowed to shoot birds during the summer for research purposes. The Masters are very pleased with their assistant. The food that Konsta prepares is also good. Pylkkänen knows the forests and gave valuable advice. The researchers admire Konsta's unusual features, his clothes which smell of resin and his big pipe. Particularly they like Konsta's dialect expressions, his meditations and husky voice. After the Masters have gone, many thoughts remained unfinished, and others had not even been thought yet.