But the farther you get from Moominmamma's hearth, the more the inhabitants of Moominvalley begin to resemble Beckett characters with tails.
Moomintroll... finds himself drawn into what, to my grown-up eye at least, resembles a sort of S&M relationship -- with the Groke, of all people. (He swings the lantern back and forth. She watches, swaying.)
Jansson never wrote another Moomin book [after Moominvalley in November]. She said, "I couldn't go back and find that happy Moominvalley again." And if she had? When I try to imagine the book that would come next, only one thing comes to mind: the Groke's own story. A story about death, imagined as a sympathetic character.
А статья, кстати, хорошая.