• Olive

The world I fell in love with created by Tove Jansson

Updated: Sep 26


“All things are so very uncertain, and that's exactly what makes me feel reassured.”Tove Jansson, Moominland Midwinter

Surprisingly, I got acquainted with Tove Jansson’s stories only recently. I saw and always liked the characters, but now after reading just a few short stories, I’m in owe. My favorite so far is “The Fillyjonk Who Believed in Disasters”. I’m actually happy I haven’t read the stories before. It feels like now is the perfect time to meet her characters and the world they live in. I read the story in Russian, and I actually prefer that translation to English. It’s probably the first time this happened.


We find ourselves in the characters of the great stories and find our struggles in theirs. This is universal. But I found something else here. I want to savor them and I instantly feel connected to the world she created, there's always hope during any struggle, there're plenty of seemingly absurd actions that open my eyes to the possibilities. The boundaries are stretched, more seems possible. Ordinary things, nature, magic exist simultaneously and are of equal importance.

The characters are open-minded and that is what I love the most about them. They are supportive of others each in their own unique way.

  • “You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.”

  • “But that's how it is when you start wanting to have things. Now, I just look at them, and when I go away I carry them in my head. Then my hands are always free, because I don't have to carry a suitcase.”

  • “You must go on a long journey before you can really find out how wonderful home is.”

  • “A theatre is the most important sort of house in the world, because that's where people are shown what they could be if they wanted, and what they'd like to be if they dared to and what they really are”

Tove Jansson



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