Thomas Teal

discusses his new translation of Tove Jansson's

Fair Play


April 8, 2011
3:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is very pleased to welcome award-winning translator THOMAS TEAL as he discusses his work translating the novels of Tove Jansson from the original Swedish.

Although Tove Jansson is perhaps best known for her children's books featuring the Moomins, she also wrote a number of works for adults. Thomas Teal has translated four, including The Summer Book, Sun City,  his most recent translation, The True Deceiver, and the newly re-released Fair Play.

In Fair Play, 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. 

Thomas Teal
Thomas Teal

Thomas Teal

Thomas Teal has translated four of Tove Jansson’s adult novels and is presently working on two collections of her short stories. He won the 2010 Bernard Shaw Translation Prize for her novel Fair Play. In addition to translating more than 15 books from Swedish over 40 years, he has been a senior editor at the Harvard Business Review, a White House speechwriter under Jimmy Carter, an editorial staffer at The New Yorker, and, in the 1960s, secretary to comedian Lenny Bruce. He has degrees in English and Scandinavian literature from Harvard and Berkeley. He is retired and lives with his wife in Boston and in Ystad, Sweden.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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