Fair Play: A Novel

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Sort Of, 2007 - Female friendship - 127 pages
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"So what can happen when Tove Jansson turns her attention to her own favourite subjects, love and work, in the form of this novel about two women, lifelong partners and friends? Expect something philosophically calm - and discreetly radical. Its publication is cause for huge celebration."(Ali Smith, from her Introduction to Fair Play) What mattered most to Tove Jansson, she explained in her eighties, was work and love, a sentiment she echoes in this tender and original novel. Translated for the first time into English, Fair Play portrays a love between two older women, a writer and artist, as they work side-by-side in their Helsinki studios, travel together and share summers on a remote island. In the generosity and respect they show each other and the many small shifts they make to accommodate each other's creativity we are shown a relationship both heartening and truly progressive.

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Not bad. Spare and short, but good descriptive writing. - Goodreads
Nice insight into Finnish cultural life, too. - Goodreads
A great introduction to Tove Jansson's work for adults. - Goodreads
Mari is a writer and illustrator; Jonna is an artist. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lynn - Goodreads

Just as beautiful as "the sculptor's daughter". One of my favorite books from now on. Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Ruth - Goodreads

this book is a keeper .... a relationship between two women artists who share a large house portrayed in short sketches. Read full review


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About the author (2007)

The writer and artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001) is best known as the creator of the Moomin children's stories, which have been published in 35 languages. The Summer Book was one of ten novels she wrote for adults. It is regarded as a modern classic throughout Scandinavia.

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