Homosexual Love Between The Lines Of The Moominworld
Author: Eliška Portužáková
Monday 1st of September 2014 05:38:25 PM

The work of Tove Jansson, creator of the legendary Moomins, was influence by World War II but also by her lesbian relationship.


Tove admits that she had drawn the first Moomin after arguing with one of her brothers about the philosopher Immanuel Kant. She sketched a weird creature on the toilet wall and wrote "Kant" underneath. This cute-ugly object later brought her worldwide fame and became legendary: Moomin books have been translated into 44 languages and children all around the world grow up with them.


According to critics, in the Moomin's book are hidden things invisible for young readers. Between the lines we can read about Jansson's lesbian romance. Characters Thingumy and Bob, who are always together and are walking hand in hand, should represent her relationship with the married Vivicka Bandler. Creatures take care about a mysterious suitcase which hides beautiful ruby - but they keep its content in secret. - Parallel to their secret and forbidden love, which they have to kept undercover because homosexuality was illegal in that time in Finland.


After Jansson met the artist Tuulikki Pietila she introduces a new character into the Moominworld: a female character with a male appearance called Too-Ticky, who is still close to Moomin and gives him guidance through the hard times. Tove Jansson and Tuulikki Pietila spent 45 years together and she was as important to her as Too-Ticky is to Moomin.

Thanks to all those hidden parallels and symbolism legendary Tove Jansson's books belong to those pieces that will never bore readers of any age and every generation can find their own interpretation.


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