“The Woman Who Borrowed Memories” (NYRB Classics), by Tove Jansson, translated by Thomas Teal and Silvester Mazzarella, out October 21st. The Finnish author and artist Tove Jansson is best known for her children’s stories about the darkly whimsical world of the Moomins*. But, later in life, tired of the demands brought on by the international fame of her kids’ books, she turned her attention to writing fiction for adults. She was particularly fond of short stories.
Derek M recommends Tove Jansson's The True Deceiver. Residents of a small Swedish village gossip about a precarious arrangement between outcast teen Katri, whose brusque manners enable her fierce practicality, and aloof children's book illustrator Anna, who has hired Katri as an assistant at her family mansion. From NYRB classics.
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