Winter - Seasonal Quartet (Paperback)Ali Smith (author)
Emerging from and responding to the tumult of 2017, the second in Smith's seasonal quartet - begun with Autumn - is a shape-shifting tour de force that echoes A Christmas Carol. Essential reading.
Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes.
The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer's leaves? Dead litter. The world shrinks; the sap sinks.
But winter makes things visible. And if there's ice, there'll be fire.
In Ali Smith's Winter, lifeforce matches up to the toughest of the seasons. In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith's shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter. It's the season that teaches us survival.
Here comes Winter.
In an exclusive interview with Ali Smith about Autumn, we talk about the joy of a novel swift in its making and what the seasons mean for her.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
'Leaping, laughing, sad, generous and winter-wise, this is a thing of grace.' - The Guardian
'In a country apparently divided against itself, a writer such as Smith, who makes you feel known, who seems to speak to your own private weirdnesses, is more valuable than a whole parliament of politicians.' - Alex Preston, The Financial Times
'Autumn is a beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities; the “endless sad fragility” of mortal lives.' - The Guardian
'Undoubtedly Smith at her best. Puckish, yet elegant; angry, but comforting.' - The Times
'Terrific, extraordinary, playful... There is an awful lot to lift the soul.' - The Daily Mail
'Bold and brilliant.' - The Observer
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