Life in the mist
May 31, 2012 7:25 AM Subscribe
Tove Jansson's short stories about artistic creation are often chillingly cold. The artists she portrays have become lost in their isolated solitude, their creativity, which shuts other people out. Portraits of such loneliness are drawn in three short stories in the collection Lyssnerskan ('The listener', 1971), 'Ekorren' ('The squirrel'), 'Svart & vitt' ('Black & white') and 'Vargen' ('The wolf’), which probably frightened many readers - particularly those who knew and loved her Moomin books - away from Jansson's work. In their cosmos, warmth is unknown; their landscapes are frozen, just like the people who seek expression for their artistic dreams.
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Tove Jansson didn't just write the Moomin books (previously
). In her later career, she mostly wrote novels and short stories for adults, although these books are less popular in the English-speaking world.
Art in nature
and Writing letters
are two of those stories, available alongside the article linked above. The daughter
- published by Books from Finland
, as well as the article and the first two stories - and Snow [PDF]
- from the UK's Booktrust
- are also available online.