Art in Nature by Tove Jansson

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...these stories include both gay and lesbian characters without it being a big deal – testimony, perhaps, to enlightened Scandinavian attitudes, always seemingly ahead of our own.
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This is a 'new' Tove Jansson, published for the first time in English. Tales of obsession and ambition are revealed and sparkle 'like buried treasure'. An elderly caretaker at a large outdoor exhibition, called Art in Nature, finds that a couple have lingered on to bicker about the value of a picture; he has a surprising suggestion that will resolve both their row and his own ambivalence about the art market. A draughtsman's obsession with drawing locomotives provides a dark twist to a love story. A cartoonist takes over the work of a colleague who has suffered a nervous breakdown only to discover that his own sanity is in danger. In these witty, sharp, often disquieting stories, Tove Jansson reveals the fault-lines in our relationship with art, both as artists and as consumers. Obsession, ambition, and the discouragement of critics are all brought into focus in these wise and cautionary tales.
 

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Tove Jansson has received the Hans Christian Andersen prize for children's literature. The world of the Moomintroll has become internationally famous thanks to her brilliant sense of humor and fabulous illustrations. The delightful Moomintrolls make it through catastrophe after catastrophe through cooperation and plain luck. Although Jansson is best known for her children's books, her adult fiction is equally entertaining.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Sort of Books. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Sep 04 2012

...these stories include both gay and lesbian characters without it being a big deal – testimony, perhaps, to enlightened Scandinavian attitudes, always seemingly ahead of our own.

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