Series: On the margins

Tove Jansson

Moominpappa’s Memoirs

Translator

Željka Černok

Series: On the margins

Tove Jansson

Moominpappa’s Memoirs

Translator

Željka Černok

“One windy night in August long-ago, on the steps of Home for little Moomintrolls, a bag was found… In the bag was none other than I, carelessly wrapped in newspapers…”

 

These are the first sentences of Moominappa’s memoirs and thus begins the story of his incredible life. Before starting a family, Moominpappa has led a life filled with adventures and dangers. While he reads the memoir to his son Moomintroll and his friends Sniff and Snufkin, we find out about the unbelievable stories from Moominpappa’s youth, but also Sniff’s father The Muddler’s and Snufkin’s father Joxter’s youths. Is it possible that their fathers were such adventurers in their youth? Moomintroll and his friends asked themselves. In these memoirs we meet Edward the Booble, a giant who can level anything, we find out how Moominpappa’s friend, the inventor Fredrikson, built an unusual ship which they used to travel, how the ship was overrun by thousands of cave dwellers who like company, but also sometimes biting off somebody’s nose. Many more irresistible characters and adventures await in this book, the fun is just getting started, and in the grand finale Moominpappa meets Moominmamma after saving her from shipwreck.

The book “Moominpappa’s Memoirs”, first published in 1950, is a true classic of children’s literature. This is the funniest book about Moomins, filled with interesting characters and adventures and it contains some of the author’s best illustrations. Its main topic is freedom of every being. It teaches children how important it is to believe in their dreams, to be brave and determined, just like Moominpappa who grew up in difficult circumstances, but was tenacious, believed in himself and now lives a fulfilled and interesting life with his beautiful family and lots of friends.

“A lost treasure rediscovered… a masterpiece.”

Neil Gaiman

Writer

Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author and artist. She is renowned around the world because of her series of children’s books about Moomins which she wrote and illustrated between 1945 and 1970. The series encompasses eight novels and a short story collection, four picture books and hundreds of comics …

Translator

Željka Černok

Željka Černok earned a degree in English and Swedish language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb as well as in creative writing in Sweden. She published a book of poetry Kad se previse nagneš kroz prozor vlaka. She has translated over sixty novels by the most prominent Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian contemporary and classic authors …