Collaborative book blogging: my contribution to the 1930 Club.
My first Janssonian contribution to the Tove Trove Library is the fourth book in the Moomin series, first published in 1954.
Brought back into print by Pushkin Press, Madeleine Bourdouxhe’s 1944 short story collection highlights the lives of conflicted female characters in beautiful prose.
First published in 1911, Intimate Ties is Robert Musil’s second book, consisting of two novellas, ‘The Culmination of Love’ and ‘The Temptation of Silent Veronica.’
A collection of Franz Kafka’s short stories showcasing his dark imagination and wry humour.
Crimson is a tale of love, lust, despondency and queer life in modern Greenland.
A necessarily brief review (I’m posting this from a sandy beach in Cyprus) of a dark but inventive short story collection set on 15th August 1945 – the day Japan surrendered and the Second World War formerly ended.
A glimpse into a complex situation through the eyes of a naive young woman who discovers a country, makes friends, falls in love and is confronted with the plight of the Palestinians.
A short but shocking Dutch war classic by a writer who has drawn comparisons to Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut.
Dunya Mikhail tells the harrowing but often moving stories of women who have managed to escape the clutches of ISIS.
A moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language.
One ill-fated evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions £20,000 that he can travel around the world in 80 days – and he is determined not to lose!
The gripping and elegiac stories of eight lost books, and the mysterious circumstances behind their disappearances.
Told through the ruptured lives of three siblings, The End of Loneliness is a heartfelt, enriching novel about loss and loneliness, family and love.
Estoril is a comedy-cum-spy story set in a luxurious hotel during the height of the Second World War.
At 162 pages, Ru is a short but intense potpourri of vignettes – powerful, superbly realized and well worth reading.
A Maigret Christmas is the title story from a newly translated book of short stories in which the burly detective receives an unexpected visit from two ladies on Christmas morning.
Love is an intelligent, compassionate, if melancholy tale, which demonstrates what can happen if we become too internalised and fail to be mindful of those we love most.
Tove Jansson, author of the Moomins and one of the great idiosyncratic talents of the 20th century, must surely have found her ideal biographer in Boel Westin.