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Letters from Tove Reviews

Letters from Tove by Tove Jansson, Boel Westin, Helen Svensson, Sarah Death

Letters from Tove

Tove Jansson, Boel Westin, Helen Svensson, Sarah Death

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2 reviews

Imprint: Sort of Books
Publisher: Sort of Books
Publication date: 3 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781908745729

Spanning fifty years between her art studies and the height of Moomin fame, we share with her the bleakness of war; the hopes for love that were dashed and renewed, and her determined attempts to establish herself as an artist. Vivid, inspiring and shining with integrity, Letters from Tove shows precisely how an aspiring and courageous young artist can evolve into a very great one.

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5 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
7 Jun 2019

"such wonderful, heartfelt, interesting letters"

What a delight, but perhaps no surprise to discover from this marvellous collection that Tove Jansson wrote such wonderful, heartfelt, interesting letters. Selected by her biographer Boel Westin, and her final editor, Helen Svensson, and spanning 50 years from Jansson's early days at art school to the height of her Moomin fame, the letters are arranged by recipient, from members of family and her dearest friends, to her lovers both male and female.


4 stars out of 5
Anna Carey
3 Dec 2019

"full of ... casual brilliance and beauty"

Letters From Tove, a wonderful collection of letters written by the Finnish artist and writer Tove Jansson is full of such examples of casual brilliance and beauty; Sarah Death’s seemingly effortless translation preserves the clear-eyed grace and humour that was a hallmark of Jansson’s writing, from her beloved Moomins stories to her adult fiction. Editors Helen Svensson and Boel Westin have divided the correspondence by recipient rather than following a chronological approach.