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'Suuri illusioni' ('Great illusion' or 'Grand illusion') is a 1928 novel by the Finnish writer Mika Waltari and also his debut novel. It is about bohemian and aimless urban life in the author's own generation. The novel became a breakthrough for Waltari, who previously had been a writer of religious poetry and horror short stories. It received positive reviews and was translated into several languages.

The novel begins with a description of the feast in Mrs. Spindel's salon. Mrs. Spindel was modeled on Minna Craucher (18911932), a real-life salon manager known for her dubious reputation.[https://yle.fi/aihe/artikkeli/2020/03/01/suuri-illusioni-nayttaa-1920-luvun-paheellisen-dekadenssin-1980-luvun-silmin YLE: Suuri illusioni nytt 1920-luvun paheellisen dekadenssin 1980-luvun silmin] (in Finnish)

The book was the basis for the 1985 film 'Grand Illusion' directed by Tuija-Maija Niskanen.


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