The children’s author Tove Jansson died at the age of 86. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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Finnish author and artist who became known for her children’s book series Moomin. Her other literary works include The Summer Book, Sun City, and Sculptor’s Daughter.
Her father, Viktor, worked as a sculptor, and her mother, Signe, had a career as an illustrator. Her two siblings were also artists.
“People idealise their animals, and at the same time they patronisingly overlook a dog’s natural life – biting fleas, burying bones, rolling in garbage, barking up an empty tree all night… But what do they do themselves? Bury stuff that will rot in secret and then dig it up and bury it again and rant and rave under empty trees!” (Tove Jansson)
“Lie on the bridge and watch the water flowing past. Or run, or wade through the swamp in your red boots. Or roll yourself up and listen to the rain falling on the roof. It’s very easy to enjoy yourself.” (Tove Jansson)
“When one’s dead, one’s dead… This squirrel will become earth all in his time. And still later on, there’ll grow new trees from him, with new squirrels skipping about in them. Do you think that’s so very sad?” (Tove Jansson)
“Sometimes it’s better to look at things than own them… owning means anxiety and lots of bags to carry around.” (Tove Jansson)
“Dogs are mute and obedient, but they have watched us and know us and can smell how pitiful we are.” (Tove Jansson)