Review: The Year of the Hare – Arto Paasilinna

This book came with high recommendations, having been translated into 25 languages, filmed twice, and also being included in the Unesco Collection of Representative Works (the purpose of which was to “translate masterpieces of world literature”).  The book apparently has cult status in France (not a guarantee of popularity in Britain!).  The cover art alone [...]

Review: The True Deceiver

I always enjoy Tove Jannson’s books partly because of their stark simplicity relating to the Scandinavian landscape in which they are set, but also because of the frequent sense of “ahh yes” as she drops in a sentence which so resonates with her readers’ own outlook on life.

Tove Jannson (1914 – 2001) was of [...]

Review: Fair Play – Tove Jansson

At first glance Tove Jannson’s Fair Play is simply a collection of stories about two female artists living together in their old age.  It is semi-autobiographical, with Tove being the fictional Marie, and her lifelong partner, graphic designer Tuulikka Pietelä, being Johanna.  Tove is of course the author and creator of the Moomin series of [...]