The Summer Book
Publication Date: May 20, 2008
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Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll comic strip and books brought her international acclaim, lived for much of her life on an island like the one described in "The Summer Book," and the work can be enjoyed as her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world.
"The Summer Book" is translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal.
Tove Jansson (1914--2001) was a Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator, and comic-strip author. She is best known as the creator of the Moomin children's stories, which have been published in thirty-five languages and adapted for theater, opera, film, radio, and television. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966, the Prize of the Swedish Academy in 1972, and the Pro Finlandia medal in 1976. "The Summer Book "is one of ten novels she wrote for adults.
Kathryn Davis has received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of many novels, including "Labrador,"" The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf,"" Hell,"" The Walking Tour,"" The Thin Place,"" "and "Versailles. "In 2006 she received the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis and lives in Vermont.
Thomas Teal is the translator many books, including "Sun City" by Tove Jansson and "Peasants and Masters" by Theodor Kallifatides.
Davis has received a Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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