By Tove Jansson

In The summer time Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its solar and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This short novel tells the tale of Sophia, a six-year-old woman awakening to lifestyles, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the top of hers, as they spend the summer time on a tiny unspoiled island within the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and clever, if a bit cranky; Sophia is impetuous and risky, yet she has a tendency to her grandmother with the care of a brand new mum or dad. jointly they amble over sea coast and wooded area in effortless companionship, construct boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a whimsical research of neighborhood insects. They talk about issues that subject to old and young alike: lifestyles, dying, the character of God and of affection. “On an island,” thinks the grandmother, “everything is complete.” In The summer season Book, Jansson creates her personal entire international, filled with the various joys and sorrows of life.

Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll cartoon and books introduced her overseas acclaim, lived for a lot of her lifestyles on an island just like the one defined in The summer time Book, and the paintings may be loved as her heavily saw magazine of the sounds, attractions, and suppose of a summer time spent in intimate touch with the normal world. 

The summer season Book is translated from the Swedish through Thomas Teal.

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As we stepped from under the arch at the end of the quay onto the Kreuzherrenplatz, I ran into that street with my arms raised. But in front of a small door in the Seminarkirche I fell, for there was a step which I had not expected. It made a little noise, the next street lamp was sufficiently far away, I lay in the dark. From a tavern opposite came a fat woman with a lantern to see what had happened in the street. The piano within continued playing, but fainter, with only one hand, because the pianist had turned toward the door which, until now ajar, had been opened wide by a man in a high-buttoned coat.

His face bore the artless expression of a man who meditates and makes no effort to conceal it. From time to time he closed his eyes: on opening them again his chin became distorted. "The landscape disturbs my thought," he said in a low voice. "It makes my reflections sway like suspension bridges in a furious current. " I close my eyes and say: You green mountain by the river, with your rocks rolling against the water, you are beautiful. But it is not satisfied; it wants me to open my eyes to it.

But I'll be off now, you see --. ' "To which, without thinking, I said: 'That's certain. But you're coming from abroad and your servants don't happen to be with you. ' "He didn't answer. " d Continued Conversation Between the Fat Man and the Supplicant For some time already I had been trying to cheer myself up. I rubbed my body and said to myself: "It's time you spoke. You're becoming embarrassed. Do you feel oppressed? Just wait! You know these situations. Think it over at your leisure. Even the landscape will wait.

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