Tove Jansson: Work and Love

Original title: Tove Jansson – Tee työtä ja rakasta

Published: 2013

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 300

The definitive biography of one of the most unique and beloved children’s authors of the 20th century, the creator of the Moomins. Tove Jansson (1914-2001) led a long, colourful and productive life, impacting significantly the political, social and cultural history of 20th-century Finland. And while millions of children have grown up with Little My, Snufkin, Moomintroll and the many creatures of Moominvalley, the life of Jansson – daughter, friend and companion – is more touching still. This book weaves together the myriad qualities of a painter, author, illustrator, scriptwriter and lyricist from fraught beginnings through fame, war and heartbreak and ultimately to a peaceful end.

Rights sold:
CHINA, Shanghai Cai Qin Ren Culture Diffusion
DENMARK: Turbine
FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Swedish)

GERMANY, Urachhaus
JAPAN, Kawade Shobo Shinsha

NORWAY, Heinesen
SWEDEN, Norstedts


Reading materials:
Finnish edition
English PDF
German PDF


Tuula Karjalainen

Dr. Tuula Karjalainen is a Finnish art historian and non-fiction writer who has previously worked as a director of the Helsinki Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki. As the author of Tove Jansson’s biography, Tuula Karjalainen has become an expert not only on Jansson’s works but also on her several decades of personal correspondence and journals.


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