What is it like when your reason goes AWOL and only returns a month later?
One day the familiar and the ordinary elude him. He suffers a collapse, loses his mind, and ends up in a psychiatric clinic. There he explores both the world and his own self, with fractured words and an unbalanced intellect. The story takes place during the month of December. In the confused mind of the protagonist time runs irregularly, under the sway of hallucinations and medication. He decides to kill time by writing a play about crazies, a play in praise of madness, and this sets helpful forces free. The play is performed at the New Year’s celebration at the clinic – not as planned, exactly, but it is performed.
The dregs of society don’t have it easy, but when you hit rock-bottom, you find solid ground under your feet again – that’s the good of it. And there are interesting characters down there, characters crazy enough to say what they really think.
Juha Hurmes’s The Nutter is a winter journey through the human mind.