Translating the novels of Tove Jansson: A talk by Thomas Teal

Where: Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

As part of Harvard Bookstore’s Friday Forum series, Thomas Teal, translator of Tove Jansson’s novels The Summer Book, The True Deceiver, and Fair Play, will speak about translating these works from the original Swedish.

Although Tove Jansson is perhaps best known for her children’s books featuring the Moomins, she also wrote a number of works for adults. Recently published by NYRB Classics, Fair Play is the first US publication of Thomas Teal’s prize-winning translation. In Fair Play the art of loving, creating, and living is examined in this group of quietly moving, “discreetly radical” episodes from the lives of two artists.

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