The Red Haze, a children’s book ‘for all ages’, describes the plight of two children, Nimble and Imble, and their friends, as they flee a deadly red haze which sweeps across their cold and frozen land (Finland) threatening to swallow them up. So fearful a land that even the Finnish mythological creatures migrated with them. Inspired by real events of two children: Martti, the author’s grandfather, and Ilma (Irma) his sister, and how they had to make a brave journey across a landscape overwhelmed by violence and fear. Martti and Ilma made this journey in the harsh winter of Finland during a time of War. Written in an absurdist flow of consciousness The Red Haze respectfully pays homage to the classic children’s book The World is Round by Gertrude Stein, originally published in 1939.
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— Mat Osmond
Published by Atlantic Press 2018
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