The Listener

The Listener

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By (author) Tove Jansson, Translated by Thomas Teal

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  • Publisher: SORT OF BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 131mm x 198mm x 13mm | 183g
  • Publication date: 10 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1908745363
  • ISBN 13: 9781908745361
  • Illustrations note: 2 B&W Photos
  • Sales rank: 22,033

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In her first ever story collection, Jansson revealed the clarity of vision and light philosophical touch that were to become her hallmark. From the good listener who begins to betray the secrets confided to her, to vignettes of a city storm or the slow halting of spring, these stories are gifts of originality and depth.

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Tove Jansson (1914-2001) is best known as the creator of the much loved Moomin stories for children. However, in her fifties she turned her attention to writing for adults, producing a dozen novels and story collections. Sculptor's Daughter, (to be published Nov 2013 - 9781908745330) was the first, in 1968, followed by The Listener, three years later.

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Her prose is wondrous: it is clean, deliberate; an aesthetic so certain of itself, it's breathtaking Daily Telegraph A unique and authentic voice that speaks to the reader across time and culture, heart to heart -- Boyd Tonkin (The Listener) is a masterpiece of subtlety and simplicitiy. The rest of the stories in this collection are every bit as crisp, ironic, elegant and ruthless Saga Magazine