Tove JanssonWord, Picture, LifeBoel Westin
A self-portrait in return for 40 sacks of peat and a window being mended was a real coup for the young painter Tove Jansson in the winter of 1946. She had dreamed of being a lighthouse keeper, but became a world famous author, living in a chilly tower in Helsinki. Her colourful life is a story in itself, full of paintings and moomin trolls, writing and searching, work and love. Her success story began in the 1950s, when moomin fever really took hold for the first time.
But behind the trolls and the paintings there is a constant battle between inclination and duty, desire and responsibility. Tove Jansson was looking for new ways of artistic expression all her life, from her first drawings to her last book. Give me a picture, a longing for expression. It doesn’t have to be much, but it has to be something, a small inclination, a little need, she wrote in 1960.
Previously undiscovered letters to her family and friends, diaries and notebooks and a wealth of other new material forms the basis of this first major biography of the painter and author Tove Jansson. As sole researcher, Boel Westin has had unrestricted access to the whole of Tove Jansson’s archive.
Japanese: Kodansha Ltd
Bulgarian: Janet 45 Publishing
World English: Sort of Books