Fair Play

Through a series of vignettes, we look in on the lives of two female artists, Mari and Jonna, who live on opposite sides of an apartment building, separated by an attic. They are each other’s closest friend, greatest critic, and lover. We encounter them lost in a fog, vacationing on a remote Finnish island, fishing, feeding the cat, or simply rearranging photos on a wall. Tove Jansson’s whimsical yet philosophical prose about human generosity and respect perfectly echoes her signature subjects: work and love.

Through a series of vignettes, we look in on the lives of two female artists, Mari and Jonna, who live on opposite sides of an apartment building, separated by an attic. They are each other’s closest friend, greatest critic, and lover. We encounter them lost in a fog, vacationing on a remote Finnish island, fishing, feeding the cat, or simply rearranging photos on a wall. Tove Jansson’s whimsical yet philosophical prose about human generosity and respect perfectly echoes her signature subjects: work and love.

info

  • Year of publication

    1989

  • Original title

    Rent spel

  • Page count

    152

Reviews

  • World Literature Today

    The great benefit of reading Fair Play is that one enters into the same arrangement, becoming privy to two lifetimes' worth of shared wonder.

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