Fair Play

Fair Play

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.

A New York Review Books Original


Winner of the 2009 Bernard Shaw Prize for Translation


Fair Play is the type of love story that is rarely told, a revelatory depiction of contentment, hard-won and exhilarating. 

Mari is a writer and Jonna is an artist, and they live at opposite ends of a big apartment building, their studios connected by a long attic passageway. They have argued, worked, and laughed together for decades. Yet they’ve never really stopped taking each other by surprise. Fair Play shows us Mari and Jona’s intertwined lives as they watch Fassbinder films and Westerns, critique each other’s work, spend time on a solitary island (recognizable to readers of Jansson’s The Summer Book), travel through the American Southwest, and turn life into nothing less than art. 

Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2007
ISBN: 9781590173787
Branch Call Number: FIC JAN
Characteristics: 100 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Teal, Thomas


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Jan 28, 2020

A short novel about the daily lives of a writer and an artist, how they live together and their creativity.

Jun 30, 2017

Soothing, simple style, lovely book.

Jul 09, 2016

Almost austere prose.

Jun 25, 2014

Jansson is more famous for her Mommi tales but her short stories are very nice and female. You can image yourself somewhere in Scandinavia reading her stories.

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