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192pp Paperback
ISBN: 978-1908745330
Translated by Kingsley Hart



Sculptor’s Daughter

by tove jansson

With an introduction by Ali Smith

Tove Jansson’s first book for adults drew on her childhood memories to capture afresh the enchantments and fears of growing up in Helsinki in the 1910s and 20s. Described as both a memoir and ‘a book of superb stories’ by Ali Smith, Jansson’s startlingly evocative prose offers a glimpse of the mysteries of winter ice, the bonhomie of balalaika parties, and the vastness of Christmas viewed from beneath the tree.


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

The phrase ‘less is more’ might have been coined specifically for an aesthetic practice like Jansson’s. She was a consummate editor, a composer of prose so tightly disciplined that the end effect is somehow universal and cornucopic … Sculptor’s Daughter is the revelation of a classic.
— Ali Smith

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