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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

SENT I NOVEMBER

SENT I NOVEMBER

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2016

Znamenitaya detskaya pisatel'nica Tuve YAnsson pridumala mumi-trollej i ih druzej, kotorye vskore proslavilis' na ves' mir. Ne otkazyvajte sebe i svoim detyam v udovol'stvii - zaglyanite v gostepriimnuyu Dolinu mumi-trollej. Leto proshlo, i zima ne za gorami. Snusmumrik, kak obychno, otpravlyaetsya v stranstvie. No pochemu-to na ehtot raz u nego ne poluchaetsya bez sozhalenij pokinut' Dolinu, i nogi sami nesut ego nazad. I chto eshche udivitel'nej, v to zhe samoe vremya mnogie druz'ya i znakomye mumi-semejstva vdrug reshayut nanesti vizit v mumi-dom. I vot na verande vnov' zagoraetsya teplyj ogonek kerosinovoj lampy, vokrug kotorogo tak horosho sobirat'sya osennimi vecherami...

Moomin and the Ocean's Song

Moomin and the Ocean's Song

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

It was a day that really ought to be filled with adventure... Moomintroll and his friends have heard of the legend of the Ocean's Song - held inside a shell, which only its finder can hear. Snufkin takes them to the island of the Hattifatteners but the friends have to turn back to escape a thunderstorm! Will they find the Ocean's Song, and get home in one piece? A brand new picture book adventure based on the beloved Moomin characters by Tove Jansson perfect for all Moomin fans young and old.

Club Life in Moomin Valley

Club Life in Moomin Valley

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2016

After being told that only rebel fathers can be admitted to Moominpappa's new club-the Knights of the Catapult-Moominmamma defiantly decides to join a club of her own. Unfortunately for her, she accidentally joins a club of gangsters who revel in dubious and illegal activities. And things only get worse for poor Moominmamma, as her wish to be admitted as a club member turns into a difficult juggling act of loyalty between conflicting organizations. Comic misunderstandings, tested allegiances, and frivolous scandals make for an exciting adventure with the whole Moominvalley gang in another classic Tove Jansson tale.

Reisen mit leichtem Gepack

Reisen mit leichtem Gepack

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 11/03/2016

Aus Alltagsstrukturen ausbrechen! Sich aus Verhaltensmustern, aus unliebsamen Verpflichtungen losen, aus dem ganzen Sollen und Mussen! Doch wahrend einem der frische Wind einer beginnenden Freiheit schon entgegenweht, entdeckt man, dass trotz leichten Handgepacks die schwere Last der alten Angste, Konflikte und Gewohnheiten noch da ist. An den fremden, Freiheit versprechenden Orten toben sie sich umso unverhoffter und wilder aus. Manchmal sind es gar nicht Reisen, sondern Begegnungen mit Menschen, in deren Nonchalance man die Freiheit eines ganz anderen Lebens wittert. Und manchmal, wenn man es am wenigsten erwartet, verandert die Fremde einen wirklich - und man kommt bei sich selber an. Tove Jansson erfrischt in diesen kleinen literarischen Meisterwerken mit ihrem unverwechselbaren Blick und klaren Stil.

Moominmamma's Maid

Moominmamma's Maid

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/12/2015

Another classic Moomin story reworked in full color, with a kid-proof but kid-friendly size, price, and format. A housekeeping and mothercraft expert named Mrs. Fillyjonk moves in next door to the Moomins. Seeing the state of the Moomin house, she takes action, shaming them into hiring a maid. When Misabel the maid arrives, it's immediately clear she needs a little cheering up, and since Mrs. Fillyjonk has mysteriously disappeared, the Moomins set about teaching her how to enjoy life. Lessons and poignant reminders of the importance of simple pleasures abound in Moominmamma's Maid, the classic tale from Tove Jansson.

Moomin and the Wishing Star

Moomin and the Wishing Star

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

When Moomintroll finds a beautiful shiny pebble, Snorkmaiden thinks it might be a star - and if it is a star, then Moomin can make a wish! But wishes are difficult things to get right, and while Moomin worries about what his wish will be, the star's shine begins to fade.

Moomin and the Martians

Moomin and the Martians

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2015

Moominmamma wakes up one morning to find a flying saucer has crash-landed in her cabbage patch. There's a strange machine dangling out of it that seems like it could be used to fix their broken radio, but when Moominpappa starts fiddling with it, he turns himself and Moomin invisible! Each knob on the machine causes strange and unlikely events to transpire, until the Martian finally recovers possession of its property. Moomin and the Martians is a lighthearted romp that reaffirms the importance of family.

Die ehrliche Betrugerin

Die ehrliche Betrugerin

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 06/07/2015

Sie prallen in diesem psychologischen Thriller aufeinander: die junge Katri, ein Rechengenie mit eisernem Willen und wilden Wolfsaugen, das sich jede konventionelle Freundlichkeit untersagt - und das alte Fraulein Aemelin, die naive, hofliche Kunstlerin, die ihre detailliert-realistischen Bilder mit geblumten Kaninchen bevolkert. Denn die mittellose Katri will auf ehrliche Weise an Fraulein Aemelins Geld gelangen. Doch wer ist schlielich Wolf? Wer Kaninchen?Die Begegnung der beiden Frauen bewirkt einen seelischen Erdrutsch in ihnen, dessen Folgen nicht absehbar sind. In poetischen Bildern mit groer Suggestivkraft lsst Tove Jansson die seelische Dramatik dieser Begegnung sichtbar werden.

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