Tove Jansson to appear on €2 coin

Tove Jansson is being honoured with a commemorative €2 coin to mark the centenary of her birth. This news was hailed in a Guardian editorial which reminded us that Jansson is ‘a poet of solitude and of love, of family and idiosyncrasy, of courage and absurdity. No writer could be further from tweeness or sentimentality. Although she wrote in Swedish with daunting economy and power, the exuberance of her imagination survived translation into many languages and from the smallest My to the largest Groke her characters have enriched us all.’