Moominvalley in November
A gentle farewell to Moominvalley in the last story of all.
- Printed in the UK
- FSC paper
The Finnish artist and author Tove Jansson (1914-2001) wrote and illustrated her first Moomin story, The Moomins and the Great Flood, in 1945 as a form of escape from the dark shadows of war. By 1970, when the last in the series, Moominvalley in November was published her books had become world famous. The eight Moomin titles would be translated into over fifty languages and remain in print for the next six decades. Tove Jansson lived in Helsinki and a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland which she shared with her life partner, the graphic artist, Tuulikki Pietila.
It all started with a Moomin-like character Tove Jansson called Snork and used as a signature. She created the first actual Moomin story during the second world war, seeking comfort in the world of fairy tales. In addition to the nine chapter books about the Moomins, Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated three beloved Moomin picture books and a comic strip published in the London-based newspaper The Evening News. The comic strip was syndicated throughout the Commonwealth which led to the Moomins gaining worldwide fame. The sudden popularity of the Moomins subsequently took them to the theatre stage, the tv screen and into the world of merchandise – and the rest is history.