Notes From an Island – Tove Jansson + Tuulikki Pietilå


Yn ystod gwyntoedd chwerw o Hydref 1963, adeiladodd Tove Jansson caban yn sgeri yng Ngwlff y Ffindir. Klovharun oedd yr ynys, lle aeth Tove am 30 hafau gyda’i phartner, yr arlunydd graffeg, Tuulikki Pietila, i fyw, peintio ac ysgrifennu, wedi’u bywiogi gan yr unigedd a’r morluniau cynewidiol.

Cyhoeddir Notes from an Island yn Saesneg am y tro cyntaf, fel gronicl o’r cyfnod hwn a’r cariad aeddfed a ranodd Tove a ‘Tooti’ at eu hynys ac at ei gilydd.

In the bitter winds of autumn 1963, Tove Jansson, helped by Brunstrom, 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 Pietila, 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.

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