Finnish artist Tove Jansson (1914 - 2001) is one of the greatest makers of the twentieth century, unique and uncategorisable. And perhaps that's why we still find it hard to define her in French-speaking countries.
Best known for her Moomins albums (published in French at Thierry Magnier publishing house), she is also an extraordinary illustrator and painter, and the author of numerous short stories, essays and six novels for adults.
Today, Quebec publishing house La Peuplade is translating her fiction for us to enjoy in French.
We'll start by reading Fair-play (1989, translated to French in 2019 by Agneta Ségol), a tender, insular tale combining Tove Jansson's three indissociable passions - work, love and freedom. Once our Laboratoire Renversement(s) took over the story of Jonna and Mari, a couple who turn their lives into works of art, it has become evident that Tove Jansson is an integral part of queer thinking.
The reading will be followed by a discussion with Claire Nanty (La Grande Ourse) and Louise Van Brabant (Le Comptoir du Livre), avid readers and booksellers, and the members of the Laboratoire Renversement(s), our "Curious Residents" this year. So that together we can delve into the work, life and rich imagination of Tove Jansson - and in the end, you too can become a little bit of a fan.
En collaboration avec
La Grande Ourse, le Comptoir du Livre, et les Ateliers du Texte et de l'Image.