The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, a beloved classic exploring themes of nature, love, and intergenerational relationships, has been published as a special 50-year anniversary edition.
The Summer Book, written by Tove Jansson, is a timeless classic turning 50 this year.
The profoundly humane story of the unique friendship between the little girl Sophia and her grandmother, who spend endless summer days on an island far out in the archipelago, is loved by readers around the world. As the two learn to adjust to each other’s fears, whims and yearnings, a fierce yet understated love emerges – one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the very island itself.
“Wise as she was, she realized that people can postpone their rebellious phases until they’re eighty-five years old, and she decided to keep an eye on herself.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book (1972)
Jansson’s The Summer Book’s anniversary celebrated with a new edition
To celebrate 50 years of , Sort of Books has published a new edition of The Summer Book with a newly written afterword by Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia Jansson, who inspired the book’s character Sophia, and Tove Jansson’s essay The Island.
“I think people really feel touched both on a personal level and then, of course, because the themes are universal, it’s set in a much bigger context even though it happens on this very small little island only between two people”, Sophia Jansson says.
Watch the interview with Sophia Jansson:
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