Korean rights to Tuula Karjalainen’s Tove Jansson biography sold to Munhakdongne!

ToveJanssonOct1We are very happy to announce that Munhakdongne has acquired Korean rights to Tuula Karjalainen’s award-winning biography of of the creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson – Work and Love (Tammi 2013). Publishing about 400 titles yearly, Munhakdongne focuses on bringing fiction and nonfiction by prominent international authors to Korean readers.

Rights to the bestselling book, which narrates the multifaceted and influential artistic career of Tove Jansson, have now been sold in 11 languages! In 2014 Karjalainen was awarded the Lauri Jäntti Prize, given annually to the author of an outstanding work of Finnish nonfiction. The book has been glowingly reviewed around the world.

International praise for Tove Jansson – Work and Love:

“The fascinating back story of a beloved Finnish author…”
– The Economist

“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.”
BBC Radio, UK

“Tuula Karjalainen’s biography of Tove Jansson resists the simple formula. Sure, the Moomins play a large role in the book, as they did in Jansson’s life, but they never seem to be dominating it. Even after their success, Jansson continued to try perfecting her artistic expression, both as a visual artist and a writer.”
Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, Sweden

“Reading this well-informed, enthralling book about Tove Jansson is a fascinating experience…the rich visuals are an added bonus.”
– Aftonbladet
newspaper, Sweden

Dr. Tuula Karjalainen (b. 1942), Finnish art historian and nonfiction writer, has previously worked as director of the Helsinki Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki. She was also the curator of A 100th anniversary exhibition of Tove Jansson’s work at Ateneum in Helsinki through 2014; the exhibition has also toured in Japan.

Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi (Finnish)
CHINA, Shanghai Cai Qin Ren Culture Diffusion
FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Swedish)
GERMANY, Urachhaus
JAPAN, Kawade Shobo Shinsha
KOREA, Munhakdongne
NORWAY, Heinesen
SWEDEN, Norstedts

Reading material
English edition
Swedish edition
Finnish edition

300 pages, four-colour illustrations, about 150 pictures

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

About author

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.


2013, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

Tove Jansson: Work and Love

Tuula Karjalainen