Art in Nature

Art in Nature : and Other Stories

By (author) Tove Jansson , Translated by Thomas Teal


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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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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 126 x 208 x 18mm | 158.76g
  • 28 Jun 2012
  • London
  • English
  • 0956308694
  • 9780956308696
  • 57,304

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Author Information

The writer and artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001) is best known as the creator of the Moomin stories, which have been published in thirty-five languages. However, from 1968, she turned her attention to writing for adults. Her bestseller, The Summer Book [9780954221713], is a modern Scandinavian classic. Art in Nature was published six years later. Translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal, winner of the 'Rochester Best Translated Book Award 2011'.

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"'That there can still be as-yet untranslated fiction by Jansson is simultaneously an aberration and a delight, like finding buried treasure.' (Ali Smith)"

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