In the bitter winds of autumn 1963, Tove Jansson, helped by BrunstrÃ¶m, a maverick fisherman, raced to build a cabin on a treeless skerry in the Gulf of Finland. The island was Klovharun, and for thirty summers Tove and her beloved partner, the graphic artist, Tuulikki PietilÃ¤, retreated there to live, paint and write, energised by the solitude and shifting seascapes.Notes from an Island, published in English for the first time, is both a chronicle of this period and a homage to the mature love that Tove and ‘Tooti’ shared for their island and for each other. Tove’s spare prose, and Tuulikki’s subtle washes and aquatints combine to form a work of meditative beauty.’… Tooti wandered aimlessly around the island and stood stock still for long periods. I thought I knew what she was doing. She was working again. Copperplate etchings and wash drawings. Mostly the lagoon, the lagoon as a consummate mirror for clouds and birds, the lagoon in a storm, in fog. And the granite, first and foremost, the granite, the cliff, the rocks. It’s all peace and quiet now.’
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