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Tove Jansson - Author

About the Author

Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), was born in 1914 in Helingsfors, Finland. Her mother was a charicaturist and the designer of many of Finland’s stamps, and her father was a sculptor. Tove studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France and later worked as a book illustrator, a designer and strip cartoonist, as well as being involved in theatre décor and making frescoes in public places. She drew her first Moomin in the 1930s, just for fun, to tease her little brother by drawing the ugliest creature she could think of. Moomin developed a nicer snout and character and in 1939 he became a character in a children’s story. The Finn Family Moomingtroll has been a hugely successful book, translated into many languages – many other Moomin stories followed.

In 1966 Tove Jansson was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal – an international award for the best children’s book of the year.

Most of the books were written on a small island in the Gulf of Finland where Tove, her mother and brother were the only inhabitants. Later Tove continued to live alone on the island - It takes an hour to row to the nearest island. Some years ago she wrote of the island:

    ‘It is so small you can walk around it in ten minutes. It is shaped like an atoll and surrounds a deep lake which in good weather makes a fine swimming pool, but in bad weather turns into a raging torrent surrounded by waterfalls. Then our boat has to be pulled right up to the house and tied to the veranda. We only have one tree, a rowan, which bloomed for the first time last summer. But we plant wild roses in the crevices, and potatoes. And we fish. We use rainwater for our coffee and driftwood for our fires. My favourite weather is fog, when the island seems to be afloat at the very end of the world in perfect silence and solitude. Only rarely does one hear the foghorns from the open sea where big ships go by for foreign countries.’

In this very special, beautiful and challenging environment Tove’s imagination and artistic talent flourished.

Featured books by Tove Jansson

Other books by Tove Jansson

PAPPAN OCH HAVET

PAPPAN OCH HAVET

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2018

Mumi-trollyam uzhe dovodilos' pereezzhat', a Mumi-papa - tot voobshche velikij puteshestvennik. Vot i sejchas, k koncu leta, Mumi-papa reshil, chto razmerennaya zhizn' v Doline - ne dlya ego myatezhnoj dushi. Ego prizvanie - zhit' na ostrove s mayakom, sred' bushuyushchego morya, i ukazyvat' put' korablyam. Cemejstvo otpravlyaetsya v put'. Mayak na pervyj vzglyad kazhetsya dovol'no skuchnym i neuyutnym mestom. Odnako ehto tol'ko na pervyj vzglyad. Ved' Mumi-mama sumeet sdelat' uyutnym dazhe golyj utes, a tajn, opasnostej i bushuyushchego morya semejstvu hvatit nadolgo!

All About Moomin

All About Moomin

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Board book Release Date: 07/06/2018

The perfect introduction to the wonderful world of the Moomins. Join Moomintroll for his busy day, from collecting treasures with Sniff, to listening to Moominpapa's stories of the sea. Every day is a new adventure in Moominvalley. A gentle, engaging story in a board book shaped just like Moomintroll.

Stadt der Sonne

Stadt der Sonne

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2018

Ein Gastehaus in Florida, eine Handvoll Rentner am Ziel ihres Lebens und in Erwartung des Unausweichlichen, demgegenuber zwei junge, schone Liebende. Ein Fundus an kraftig skizzierten Charakteren, uberzeugend, skurril, lebensnah, jeder ein faszinierendes Original. Treffsicher und humorvoll, mit der ihr eigenen feinen Beobachtungsgabe erforscht Tove Jansson das Phnomen des Alterns. Das Resultat ist ein literarisches Juwel zu einem zeitlos aktuellen Thema, dessen Wert kaum berschtzt werden kann. St. Petersburg ist eine jener Sun Cities in Florida, in denen Rentner den Traum ihrer letzten Lebensjahre realisieren. Ein unwirklicher Ort, an dem wie in einem Wartezimmer Fremde auf Fremde treffen, unterschiedliche Gewohnheiten aufeinanderprallen, Irritation und Gelassenheit einander ablsen, und Lebenslufe, die sich niemals berschnitten haben, stetig und nebeneinanderher ihrem Ende entgegengleiten. Schonungslos - nichts beschnigend, nichts verschweigend - taucht Tove Jansson in die Gedankenwelt ihrer Figuren ein. Aber ihr liebevolles Verstndnis fr ihre schrulligen Helden ist so verlsslich wie die Sonne in Florida.

Moominpappa at Sea

Moominpappa at Sea

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2018

Moominpappa yearns to make a fresh start, to find a rocky island and lighthouse where he'll feel alert and important again. And so the Moomins set sail for a new home. Moominpappa's longed-for-island proves as mysterious and wild and he'd hoped. It even has a deserted lighthouse. But how is Moominmamma to grow her flowers and what could have happened to the last keeper of the lighthouse?

Moominsummer Madness

Moominsummer Madness

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2018

When a grumbling volcano causes Moominvalley to flood, the Moomins escape by boat, finding refuge on a floating theatre. Adventures abound when the theatre casts adrift leaving Moomin,The Snorkmaiden and Little My marooned. Will they all be reunited before the final curtain?

MUMINPAPPANS MEMOARER

MUMINPAPPANS MEMOARER

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2018

Odnazhdy v samuyu letnyuyu zharu Mumi-papa umudrilsya prostudit'sya. Nikogda ne znaesh', chem mozhet zakonchit'sya prostuda - osobenno, esli prostuzhaesh'sya vpervye. Poehtomu luchshe zaranee pozabotit'sya o tom, chtoby ty ostalsya v pamyati gryadushchih pokolenij. Ved', esli rech' idet o Mumi-pape, v ego biografii polnym-polno neveroyatnyh proisshestvij, groznyh opasnostej, tragicheskih povorotov i geroicheskih deyanij. A vy chto dumali? Do togo kak sdelat'sya pochtennym otcom semejstva Mumi-papa byl iskatelem priklyuchenij i borozdil rechnye i morskie volny na korable s poehtichnym nazvaniem "e;Morzkoj orkestor"e;. Obo vsem ehtom potomki (a vmeste s nimi i vy) odnazhdy prochtut v memuarah, kotorye Mumi-papa nachal pisat', edva opravivshis' ot prostudy... Kniga, kotoruyu vy derzhite v rukah, - nastoyashchee sobytie. Vpervye za dolgie gody ves' cikl o mumi-trollyah zanovo perevedyon na russkij yazyk! Tem, kto uzhe znakom s obitatelyami Mumi-doliny, budet lyubopytno po-novomu vzglyanut' na ih priklyucheniya. A tem, komu pervaya vstrecha so skazochnym mirom Tuve YAnsson tol'ko predstoit, mozhno lish' po-horoshemu pozavidovat'!

TROLLVINTER

TROLLVINTER

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2018

Zimoj mir stanovitsya drugim - belym, nepodvizhnym, holodnym. Krugom sugroby i lyod, a tam, gde rosli yabloki, teper' rastyot sneg. Tol'ko vsego ehtogo Mumi-trollyu znat' ne polagaetsya. Potomu chto s noyabrya po aprel' vse poryadochnye mumi-trolli spyat i vidyat sny. No tak uzh vyshlo, chto ehtoj zimoj Mumi-troll' prosnulsya i ne smog obratno zasnut'. Ponachalu zimnij mir pokazalsya emu chuzhim i dazhe kakim-to nepravil'nym. No Mumi-troll' uvidel sneg, poznakomilsya s Tuu-tikki, kotoraya poselilas' v papinoj kupal'ne, povstrechal Ledyanuyu Damu, pokatalsya s gorki i dazhe pobyval v samom serdce snezhnoj buri. I vot udivitel'no: zimnij mir okazalsya nichut' ne huzhe letnego. Mumi-troll' stal pervym mumi-trollem, kotoryj prozhil po-nastoyashchemu celyj god. Hotya by radi ehtogo stoilo prosnut'sya posredi zimy!Kniga, kotoruyu vy derzhite v rukah, - nastoyashchee sobytie. Vpervye za dolgie gody ves' cikl o mumi-trollyah zanovo perevedyon na russkij yazyk! Tem, kto uzhe znakom s obitatelyami Mumi-doliny, budet lyubopytno po-novomu vzglyanut' na ih priklyucheniya. A tem, komu pervaya vstrecha so skazochnym mirom Tuve YAnsson tol'ko predstoit, mozhno lish' po-horoshemu pozavidovat'!

TROLLKARLENS HATT

TROLLKARLENS HATT

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 18/04/2018

Vsyu zimu Mumi-troll', kak izvestno, provodit v spyachke - i ehtim on nichem ne otlichaetsya ot lyubogo drugogo mumi-trollya. Zato vesnoj, prosnuvshis', on ochen' dazhe ne proch' predprinyat' chto-nibud' neobychnoe. Naprimer, podnyat'sya na goru v kompanii svoih druzej Snusmumrika i Sniffa i obnaruzhit' na vershine zabytyj kem-to chyornyj cilindr. I, okazyvaetsya, ehto ne prosto krasivaya shlyapa, a shlyapa, umeyushchaya tvorit' chudesa! S eyo pomoshch'yu mozhno pobedit' Murav'inogo L'va i pokatat'sya na simpatichnyh tuchkah, no est' odna beda: nikogda ne znaesh', chto shlyapa vykinet v sleduyushchij raz. Mozhet byt', stoit ot neyo izbavit'sya? No, kak vyyasnilos', i ehto ne tak-to prosto. A glavnoe volshebstvo nachnyotsya, kogda v Mumi-dolinu yavitsya nastoyashchij hozyain shlyapy... Kniga, kotoruyu vy derzhite v rukah, - nastoyashchee sobytie. Vpervye za dolgie gody ves' cikl o mumi-trollyah zanovo perevedyon na russkij yazyk! Tem, kto uzhe znakom s obitatelyami Mumi-doliny, budet lyubopytno po-novomu vzglyanut' na ih priklyucheniya. A tem, komu pervaya vstrecha so skazochnym mirom Tuve YAnsson tol'ko predstoit, mozhno lish' po-horoshemu pozavidovat'!

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