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Tove Jansson
Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was born in Helsinki, and was an illustrator and political cartoonist for the left-leaning, anti-Fascist magazine Garm. She created a long-running comic strip and a series of children's books featuring the much-loved hippopotamus-like character, Moomintroll. She is also... show more



Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was born in Helsinki, and was an illustrator and political cartoonist for the left-leaning, anti-Fascist magazine Garm. She created a long-running comic strip and a series of children's books featuring the much-loved hippopotamus-like character, Moomintroll. She is also the author of eleven novels and short-story collections for adults, including The Summer Book and The True Deceiver. In 1994, she was awarded the Prize of the Swedish Academy. Photo by Hans Gedda [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Birth date: 1914-08-09
Died: 2001-06-27
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bossyfemme
bossyfemme rated it 4 months ago
A small & very precious book. Heartfelt, tender, fiery, inquisitive. For everyone - especially every creative person - who wants to grow old with their best friends.I don't know Tove Jansson except as a writer of short stories and she is absolutely worth getting to know this way. If you're one of my...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 7 months ago
Embarking on my Moominread.Some time back I read a book of short bios of kick-ass women, that included Jansson. And then, the moomins are so freaking cute. Plus Jansson lived in Finland which is present in my mind since getting hooked on the ice hockey. so, I decided to do some further exploration b...
Hol
Hol rated it 1 year ago
I liked this, but didn't love it. Sorry, B.T. Because I write in a completely different style to the one used here I sometimes find books that indulge in a heavy-handed approach to description a little slow. I loved the relationship between the grandmother and Sophia, those were my favourite bits. I...
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it 2 years ago
“… una pianta la si sposta dove può stare meglio, per una settimana ce la fa a sopravvivere sulla veranda. Se si sta via più a lungo, la si affida a qualcuno che la bagni, e può essere un po’ complicato.Perfino le piante diventano una responsabilità, come tutto quello di cui si ha cura e che non è i...
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it 2 years ago
A person can find anything if he takes the time, that is, if he can afford to look. And while he’s looking, he’s free, and he finds things he never expected. This book is brilliant. It's the story of 6-year-old Sophia and her grandmother and the summer they spend together on an island - they go exp...
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