The Listener by Tove Jansson

The Listener

Tove Jansson with Thomas Teal (Translator)

fiction short stories adventurous emotional reflective slow-paced

157 pages | first published 1971


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...
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reflective 75%
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mysterious 25%
relaxing 25%


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