The Woman Who Borrowed Memories: Selected Stories

By Tove Jansson
An NYRB Classics Original
Tove Jansson was a master of brevity, unfolding worlds at a touch. Her art flourished in small settings, as can be seen in her bestselling novel "The Summer Book" and in her internationally celebrated cartoon strips and books about the Moomins. It is only natural, then, that throughout her life she turned again and again to the short story. "The Woman Who Borrowed Memories" is the first extensive selection of Jansson s stories to appear in English.
Many of the stories collected here are pure Jansson, touching on island solitude and the dangerous pull of the artistic impulse: in The Squirrel the equanimity of the only inhabitant of a remote island is thrown by a visitor, in The Summer Child an unlovable boy is marooned along with his lively host family, in The Cartoonist an artist takes over a comic strip that has run for decades, and in The Doll s House a man s hobby threatens to overwhelm his life. Others explore unexpected territory: Shopping has a post-apocalyptic setting, The Locomotive centers on a railway-obsessed loner with murderous fantasies, and The Woman Who Borrowed Memories presents a case of disturbing transference. Unsentimental, yet always humane, Jansson s stories complement and enlarge our understanding of a singular figure in world literature."


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Publisher New York Review of Books
Publish date 10/21/2014
Pages 283
ISBN-13 9781590177662
ISBN-10 1590177665
Language English

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