The Listener

Author(s): Tove Jansson


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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Jansson's debut collection translated for the first time into English, to coincide with the centenary of her birth

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

ove 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 was the first, in 1968, followed by The Listener, three years later, which will be published by Sort Of August 2013 [9781908745361]. Her sales history is impressive ; The Winter Book and The Summer Book selling 60,000 copies each, with her other collections; Art In Nature selling 8k, Fair Play 20k, and Travelling Light 13k.

General Fields

  • : 9781908745361
  • : Sort of Books
  • : Sort of Books
  • : May 2013
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tove Jansson
  • : Paperback
  • : 839.7374
  • : 192
  • : 2 B&W Photos