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

Out of the thousands of letters Tove Jansson wrote a cache remains that she addressed to her family, her dearest confidantes, and her lovers, male and female.

5 stars out of 5
Boyd Tonkin
26 Oct 2019

"Translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death with all the fun, dash and grace they need, these letters bear witness to a busily fulfilled — but never unexamined — life"

Translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death with all the fun, dash and grace they need, these letters bear witness to a busily fulfilled — but never unexamined — life. Mostly, we hear only from Tove, although this volume’s conscientious commentaries quote a later letter from Atos Wirtanen (the two stayed close): ‘You yourself are all ages, from youngest to eldest, and perpetually at the start of your life.’ That nicely captures the wonderstruck buoyancy of the voice that speaks here. Atos adds that ‘there is a short and precise word for that: genius’.

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