Monday, November 14, 2011

Fina Fisken, Fifi!

Fina Fisken, Fifi! (Fine Fish, Fifi!) is the Swedish title of Susan Pulls the Strings. The first eight Susan books were published in Swedish, in slightly abridged form, between 1965 and 1972. In Susan and Friends, a chapter by Eva Löfgren provides a lot of detail about the series in Sweden. Although Susan's name remained unaltered in the text itself, the publishers  felt obliged not to use the name Susan in the titles because they were already running a "Susan" series and wished to avoid confusing readers. So they opted for Fifi, which is the abbreviation for Josefina or Sofia, but also an endearing term used for girls in general. The Swedish titles all have alliteration with the letter F. As they were published from the mid 60s onwards, the girls' clothes are more modern than what they wear in the British illustrations. All the Swedish covers were illustrated by Heidi Lindgren.