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Moomins & Tove

The Moomins are the central characters in a series of books, picture books and comic strips by the Swedish-speaking Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001), originally written in Swedish. They are a family of white, round fairy tale characters with large snouts. The carefree and adventurous family live in their round, blue house in the idyllic and peaceful Moominvalley, in harmony with nature. They have had many adventures along with their various friends. In all, nine text books were released between 1945 and 1977, together with three picture books and a long series of comic strips. The Moomins have been the basis for many television series, films, theatre plays, operas as well as two Moomin World theme parks, located in Finland (opened 1993) and Japan (opens 2019).

Tove Jansson is doubtless one of the best Finnish artists of all time and also the most widely read Finnish author outside Finland. Her lifework is immeasurably valuable because of the success she made both as a writer, artist and cartoonist. She was a multi-talented artist who is mostly remembered as the creator of the Moomins. The Moomin books have been translated into over fifty languages and continue to sell over 20 million copies annually. In addition to the Moomin books and comics, Tove Jansson has received recognition for her many adult short stories and novels, as well as for her paintings, murals and drawings.

 

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