TOVE TROVE: Reading the Books of Tove Jansson

From the Moomins to her fiction for adults

TOVE LOGO MEDIUMBefore her 105th birthday next month, I am going to start a fresh reading project: I intend building a library of books written by, about or connected in some way with one of my favourite authors, the Finnish-Swedish writer and artist, Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001).

This remarkable woman achieved worldwide fame as the creator of stories about the Moomins, written and illustrated between 1945 and 1977. However, I hope not only to re-read her novels and short stories for children but to gradually work my way through her adult fiction, collections of letters, biographies etc.

I won’t set a time-limit to complete this task, it will be ongoing – I will simply pick up one of her works at random whenever there’s an opportunity. I hope eventually to share my thoughts on all Jansson titles translated into English, except perhaps for her picture books aimed at the very young (maybe those, too, eventually).

If anyone in the book blogging community would like to join me in reading these books, please feel free to do so. You may of course use the badge/logo, but please link back to this page.

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THE BOOKS

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MOOMIN BOOKS >>

Novels

1. The Moomins and the Great Flood (1945)
2. Comet in Moominland (1946)
3. Finn Family Moomintroll (1948)
4. The Exploits of Moominpappa (1950)
5. The Memoirs of Moominpappa (1968)
6. Moominsummer Madness (1954) ✓
7. Moominland Midwinter (1957)
8. Moominpappa at Sea (1965)
9. Moominvalley in November (1970)

Short Story Collections

1. Tales from Moominvalley (1962)

Comic Strips

Moomin (books 1–6 released in English)

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NON-MOOMIN BOOKS >>

Novels

1. The Summer Book (1972)
2. Sun City (1974)
3. The True Deceiver (1982)
4. The Field of Stones (1984)
5. Fair Play (1989)

Short Story Collections

1. Sculptor’s Daughter (1968 semi-autobiographical)
2. The Listener (1971)
3. Art in Nature (1978)
4. Travelling Light (1987)
5. Letters from Klara and Other Stories (1997)
6. Selected stories 1971–1997 (1998)
7. A Winter Book (2006 compilation)

Miscellaneous

1. Sara and Pelle and the Octopuses of the Water Sprite (1933 under the pseudonym of Vera Haij)
2. Notes from an Island (1993 autobiography; illustrated by Tuulikki Pietilä)

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TOVE JANSSON-RELATED BOOKS >>

Miscellaneous

1. Tove Jansson Life, Art, Words by Boel Westin (2007) ✓
2. The World of Moominvalley by Philip Ardagh (2017) ✓

There are undoubtedly many more books relating to Tove Jansson and the Moomins. If you know of any interesting titles that do not appear on this list, please let me know.

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POSTS FROM OTHERS TAKING PART >>

TOVE TROVE: Moomins by Ola G @ Re-enchantment Of The World

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In time, I will collate a selection of links to interesting Janssonian articles, artworks and websites (coming soon). Her birth date falls on 9th August, so this may be the ideal time to start.

MOOMIN LINE

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40 replies

  1. What a fab project Paula! I’ve got my two neverending reading challenges ongoing, otherwise I’d join you – if I ever get those finished, I will! She’s such a wonderful writer, I’m really looking forward to your posts and progress 🙂

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  2. One of my absolute favourites too. I have most of her work on the shelves, so I am tempted to join in at least occasionally.

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  3. How lovely! I’ve read the Art in Nature collection and the wonderful The Summer Book, but feel the yen to try another novel in the not too distant future! Looking forward to seeing what you choose, Paula, and I’ll use your logo when my turn comes round.

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  4. This is an awesome idea. I keep meaning to make use of the fact that so many of her own recordings of her books are available on Spotify, this seems like a great excuse.

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  5. What fun! I have Finn Family Moomintroll on the nightstand at the moment, which means that with luck it should get read pretty soon (reread, in fact, because I tore through all the earlier Moomins fifty or sixty years ago). I’ve read just the one of her other novels, The True Deceiver, and keep meaning to add more.

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  6. Great idea! I love her Moomins books, but haven’t yet read any non-Moomin novel, so maybe it’s a good opportunity to try 🙂

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  7. Wonderful idea Paula! I’ve read a lot of her work fairly recently but I may try to join in with the ones I haven’t read!

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  8. I keep saying I’m going to read some of her work, especially the Moomins books. Just not enought time! But this is a great project, Paula, and if you are posting on her books every so often it will keep the flame burning and nudge me into starting 🙂

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    • I’ve wanted to re-read the Moomin books for a long time as there are several I haven’t looked at since childhood. The Tove Trove project will enable me to do this (and hopefully pick-up her later works) at my own snail-like pace. It’s an incredibly undemanding undertaking on my part, so please feel free to comment or contribute at any point, Sandra, if you find yourself struck by a Moomin mood! 😊

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  9. A Moomin fan as a kid I have sought out her books but our library do not stock them. Maybe I shall interlibrary loan…

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  10. What a freak idea! I love her work, both her literature and her art. I have a good biography by Tuula Karjalainen, called “Tove Jansson, Work and Love”.
    I shall follow your progress:-)

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  11. What a lovely project! I hope you have tons of fun re-discovering a favourite. 🙂

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  12. One of my favourite writers! I would love to get my hands on Field of Stones, but no copies seem to be available. My plan – having enjoyed Boel Westin’s biography a little while ago – is to read Tuula Karjalainen’s. It has the benefit of being one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen!

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  13. I look forward to following this! Perhaps it would be a good opportunity to get The True Deceiver off my TBR-shelf…

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  14. I love the idea of this. I haven’t read anything by her yet but went to an exhibition of her art recently and am very interested in finding out more – perfect timing, thank you!

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