Sommarboken by Tove Jansson available at American Swedish Institute.


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The summer book is Tove Jansson's most loved adult book. The story takes place on an island in the Gulf of Finland where Sophia spends the summer with her father and grandmother. At the center is the friendship between a very old woman and a very small girl, beautiful and intense just like a summer in the archipelago. The story, which has biographical elements, was published in 1972. With a newly written foreword by Monika Fagerholm.

Swedish language

Tove Jansson was a successful Swedish-speaking writer, artist, and cartoonist from Finland. She was most known for her comic strips and series of children’s books featuring the hippopotamus-like Moomin characters. In addition to the Moomin books, Tove wrote 12 novels and short stories during her career for both children and adults. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1996 for her contribution as a children’s writer.

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