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    Fair Play (Paperback) By (author) Tove Jansson, Introduction by Ali Smith, Translated by Thomas Teal

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    Description'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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    Title
    Fair Play
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tove Jansson, Introduction by Ali Smith, Translated by Thomas Teal
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 152
    Width: 131 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 152 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780954899530
    ISBN 10: 0954899539
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    DC22: 839.7374
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
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    Imprint name
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    Publication date
    05 June 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    I absolutely loved FAIR PLAY. Tove Jansson has that magical gift of communicating directly with her reader through seemingly effortless prose. Writing of this calibre is a rare thing, to be treasured. -- Philip Ardagh A book about love - tender, eccentric and fiercely independent. It feels a privilege to read it. -- Esther Freud Jansson's prose is wondrous: it is clean, deliberate; an aesthetic so certain of itself it's breathtaking. Daily Telegraph