The Snake Trial Stone
A mysterious stone has appeared on the floor of a cottage. A green, moist stone. No one knows where it had come from. No one knows who had brought it. Is it a sign? The family does not know, but the stone will change the life for them all. No one will be the same. Not Karlo or Manu, not Johanna or Sigrid, not Alalaita or the beautiful Saara. Not even the silent Hemmi.
Erkki Kiviniemi, Uusi-Suomi 26/10/88
“Baltzar is truly unique author in Finland. Similar capacity to strip down human being, and depicting primeval biological forces, has not been demonstrated by anyone. In the hands of Baltzar, the family members fight over power arrogantly and consciously.The battle, bullying and humiliation are approved of and all is being labelled by topical gesticulation, movements and glances that are long forgotten in the fights of the majority; they have been buried under so called ‘cultivation’. In all its mystery, The Snake Trial Stone is one of the most fascinating books of this season.”
Marita Pere, Lšnsi-Suomi 30/10/88
“Baltzar has created a frontier novel for the Roma."
Jorma Heinonen, Keski-Suomalainen 10/11/88
“For some reason, award committees have neglected this sharp pen: a Roma, who writes about the Roma. The Snake Trial Stone is a book of most extraordinary nature: hopefully it will be acknowledged and valued accordingly."
Ilari Kopsala, Etelš-Saimaa 9/12/88