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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

KOMETEN KOMMER

KOMETEN KOMMER

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

Na Mumi-dolinu nadvigaetsya konec sveta! Gde-to daleko v neproglyadno-chyornoj Vselennoj dvizhetsya zvezda s pylayushchim hvostom - kometa, - kotoraya vot-vot upadyot na Zemlyu. I togda neizvestno, chto ozhidaet vsekh zemnyh obitatelej. Mumi-trollyu i Sniffu rasskazal ob ehtom ih novyj drug Snusmumrik, kotorogo oni povstrechali po puti v observatoriyu (oni otpravilis' tuda uznat', pravda li Vselennaya takaya chyornaya. I ehto bylo ochen' opasnoe puteshestvie!) A uchyonye v observatorii dazhe nazvali den' i chas, kogda priletit kometa. Medlit' nel'zya - nuzhno kak mozhno skoree popast' domoj. Ved' mama s papoj nepremenno pridumayut, kak spasti mir!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'!

Moomin Winter

Moomin Winter

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2018

As the Moomins prepare to hibernate through what is going to be the worst winter yet, several unwelcomed guests take advantage of the Moomins generosity and keep the family awake throughout the long winter. Their quirky but needy guests prevent the Moomins from hibernating and the chaos only increases with the arrival of a little nibling determined to find out everyone s secrets. One by one, the nibling sees what the Moomins and each of their houseguests do when no one else is looking. But everyone is ashamed of what the nibling has seen and is determined to keep their secret activities, well, a secret!

Die Zuhorerin

Die Zuhorerin

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 15/02/2018

Auf wie vielen Ohren sind wir eigentlich taub, wenn wir uns dem Sog des Alltags hingeben? Tove Janssons Figuren sind jedenfalls gesegnet mit gespitzten Ohren und messerscharfer Beobachtungsgabe. Die finnisch-schwedische Autorin erfrischt bereits in diesen frhen literarischen Meisterwerken mit ihrem unverwechselbaren Blick und klaren Stil. Tove Jansson erzhlt von Menschen, die so gut zuhren, dass man sich als Sprechender selber besser versteht, von Menschen, denen auch das Leiseste nicht entgeht, und von anderen, die pltzlich nach innen lauschen. Seismografisch fangen ihre Figuren leiseste Schwingungen zwischenmenschlicher Beziehungen oder unterschiedlichster Stimmungen der Einsamkeit auf und beschenken den Leser dadurch mit Wahrnehmungen und vielleicht sogar Wahrnehmungsorganen, die ihm im Alltag abhanden gekommen sind. Man knnte aber auch sagen: Wenn Tove Jansson erzhlt bzw. ihre Figuren erzhlen lsst, dann mchten wir ganz Ohr sein - denn das kann sich hren lassen.

Moomin and the Brigand

Moomin and the Brigand

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2017

Moomin s pushy relations have come to stay, and in the process of getting them out, he unwittingly embarks on a quest for fame and fortune with his sly friend Sniff. But it s much harder to get rich than either of them expects, whether it s through selling rare creatures to the zoo, using a fortune-teller to find treasures, or making modern art. Through a stroke of luck, however, Moomin meets the love of his life, Snorkmaiden, and with her help he finds the self-confidence he needs to get his house back. The iconic first Moomin comic strip by Tove Jansson, Moomin and the Brigands is a thrilling introduction to the vibrant inhabitants of Moominvalley we ve come to know and love.

The Memoirs Of Moominpappa

The Memoirs Of Moominpappa

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Special collectors' hardback editions lovingly restored to original designs 'I love these editions - so beautifully produced, so solid and permanent, just as Tove Jansson deserved.' Philip Pullman A beautiful collectors' edition of this classic Moomin story, using original 50s and 60s cover artwork, gorgeous endpapers and including for the first time a special prologue written by Tove but never before published in the UK. 'One cold and windy autumn evening many years ago a newspaper parcel was found on the doorstep of the Home for Moomin Foundlings. In that parcel I lay, quite small and shivering with cold.' So begins the remarkable Memoirs of Moominpappa, a book written to delight his dear son Moomintroll and friends. What follows is a story about storytelling itself. Moominpappa weaves one fabulous tale after another, writing at night to read aloud by day and featuring not only the fearless, adventurous author but also the fathers of Sniff and Snufkin - the rather muddled Muddler and the carefree Joxter. Add to this mix the genius inventor Hodgkins and a grand finale in which Moominpappa rescues a shipwrecked Moominmamma from the waves and the fun becomes irresistible. The Memoirs of Moominpappa, was first published in the UK in 1950 under the title The Exploits of Moominpapa. In the early 1960s Tove Jansson substantially revised this text, redrawing pictures and reinstating her preferred title. This is the very first time the revised edition has become available in the UK. From the publisher of The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree (all proceeds to Oxfam) here's the Moomin gift editions.

Moominland Midwinter

Moominland Midwinter

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Special collectors' hardback editions lovingly restored to original designs 'I love these editions-so beautifully produced, so solid and permanent, just as Tove Jansson deserved.' Philip Pullman A beautiful collectors' edition of this classic Moomin story, using original 50s and 60s cover artwork, a fold out map and gorgeous endpapers. Moomins always sleep through the winter while the snow settles all around them, waking up in time for spring and the arrival of Snufkin and other friends. Or they did until one year when Moomintroll happened to wake up and find himself all alone in a sleepy, dusty house in a silent, snow-covered valley. In this moving story of a small, brave Moomin finding his way in the mysterious world of winter we discover that there are always new friends to be found - like the calm and wise Too-ticky and the irrepressible Little My - and new ways to play and be kind. From the publisher of The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree (all proceeds to Oxfam) here's the Moomin gift editions.

Comet in Moominland

Comet in Moominland

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Special collectors' hardback editions lovingly restored to original designs 'I love these editions - so beautifully produced, so solid and permanent, just as Tove Jansson deserved.' Philip Pullman A beautiful collectors' edition of this classic Moomin story, using original 50s and 60s cover artwork, newly scanned images and gorgeous endpapers. When signs appear that a comet is heading towards their beloved Moominvalley, Moomin and his friend Sniff set sail to consult with the professors in the distant Lonely Mountains. Their journey is full of adventures and narrow escapes; from crocodiles, giant lizards, eagles and the like, but new friends - soon to become firm friends - help lighten the way. In this first and most exciting Moomin novel, we meet the wandering Snufkin, the fascinating Snork Maiden and her brother the Snork as they join Moomin in his race to get home to Moominmamma before the comet crashes. From the publisher of The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree (all proceeds to Oxfam) here's the Moomin gift editions.

Finn Family Moomintroll

Finn Family Moomintroll

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Special Collectors' Hardback Editions Lovingly Restored to Original Designs 'I love these editions-so beautifully produced, so solid and permanent, just as Tove Jansson deserved.' Philip Pullman A beautiful collectors' edition of this classic Moomin story, using original 50s and 60s cover artwork, a fold out map and gorgeous endpapers In case you didn't know, the Moomins are kind, loyal and welcoming creatures with smooth round snouts, who live in a tall blue house shaped like an old stove in a valley in the forests of Finland. They love sunshine and sleep right through the winter, when the snow turns their house into a great snowball. In spring they wake up, clamber down the rope ladders hanging from their windows ready for fresh new adventures. And so this classic story begins, full of fun and excitement and the most unexpected happenings. Such as when Moomin and his friends Snufkin and Sniff find a Hobgoblin's hat that casts a spell over the whole of Moominvalley... From the publisher of The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree (all proceeds to Oxfam) here's the Moomin gift editions.

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