July 21st, 2015

earthsea

The True Deceiver, by Tove Jansson

Another short book by Jansson, this time an unnerving novel set in a small Swedish community where a writer is exploited by one of her neighbours; lots of unpacking of memories and stories and relationships. Very intense, and very convincing, perhaps the most sparsely written of her novels that I have yet read, but also very expressive. It was interesting to read this about the same time as I read Siri Hustvedt's The Sorrows of an American, which attempts a similar set of themes on a broader canvas, but carries it off nothing like as well.