Letters from Tove
Translator: Sarah Death
Author: Tove Jansson
Publisher: Sort of Books
Year of Publication: 2019
One bumps into old mymbles, friends and enemies everywhere. It’s so ridiculously cramped – and Finnish intellectuals and artists in particular are forever stumbling over each other. And getting hopelessly tangled up in each other.
Tove Jansson: artist, cartoonist, Moomin-creator, author, correspondent, archipelago-dweller, challenger of convention. Out of the thousands of letters Jansson wrote, a cache remains that she addressed to her family, her dearest confidantes, and her lovers, male and female. Into these she spilled her innermost thoughts, defended her ideals and revealed her heart. To read these letters is both an act of startling intimacy and a rare privilege. Penned with grace and humour, Letters from Tove offers an almost seamless commentary on Jansson’s life as it unfolds within Helsinki’s bohemian circles and her beloved island home.
‘A unique and authentic voice that speaks to the reader across time and culture, heart to heart’. Boyd Tonkin, The Independent.