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128pp Original paperback with flaps
ISBN: 978-1908745613
Translated from Swedish by Thomas Teal



Letters from Klara

by tove jansson

Tove Jansson’s last original collection of short stories

The rich seam that is Jansson’s adult prose continues with this penultimate collection of short stories (the last containing all new stories), written in her seventies at the height of her Moomin fame. It has been translated into English for the first time. In these light-footed, beautifully crafted yet disquieting stories, Jansson tells of discomfiting encounters, unlooked for connections and moments of isolation that span generations and decades. Whether writing from the perspective of a bewildered young artist, a resilient child or an irascible elderly correspondent, Letters From Klara proves yet again her mastery of this literary form.

Thomas Teal has won the Rochester Best Translated Book Award and the Bernard Shaw Prize for Translation (twice) for his translations of Tove Jannson’s fiction.


Each new translation proves a revelation of Jansson’s literary astuteness Ali Smith

I love the short story concentrated and united around a single idea. There must be nothing unnecessary in it. One must be able to hold the tale enclosed in one’s hand.
— Tove Jansson

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