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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User Review  - Michael.Rimmer - LibraryThing

We aren't introduced to Jonna and Mari - they quietly enter onto the stage and go about their lives as if we're not here, watching them. We listen in on their conversations about family trivia and art ... Read full review

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User Review  - katiekrug - LibraryThing

A slim volume of linked vignettes, this is a nice look into the creative process and how art can enrich even seemingly mundane lives. I liked the writing and look forward to reading more of Jansson's ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction by Ali Smith
9
Videomania
26
Catfishing
39
Copyright

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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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