Finnish Nightmares: An Irreverent Guide to Life’s Awkward Moments

Author Karoliina Korhonen's humorous, illustrated depiction of the Nordic nation's residents

A true work of genius can be found when something seemingly specific—say, Finnish introvert stereotypes—appeals to a much broader wedge of humanity. Finnish graphic designer Karoliina Korhonen captures this societal lightning bolt within the pages of her humorous, illustrated guidebook Finnish Nightmares: An Irreverent Guide to Life’s Awkward Moments. Through simple art and sharp writing, Korhonen makes every page a pleasure.

An extension of her popular blog, Korhonen’s 96-page book follows the adventures of Matti, a typical Finn who values personal space and solitude. Unfortunately, as with most introverts, Matti often finds himself coping with unwanted social interactions, the woes of public transportation and so much more. With universal wit, Korhonen guides Matti through these silly, strange and uncomfortable situations—for the benefit of all who flip through. And for those who make it to the end, Matti has an opportunity to daydream, as well.

Finnish Nightmares will be released in hardcover on 20 August in the US. It will retail for $15.

Images by Evan Malachosky