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Artful

Authors: Smith, Ali
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: LCO010000, LIT025050, LAN002000
ISBN: 9781101605837, Related ISBNs: 0143124498, 1101605839, 1594204861, 1594205574, 9780143124498
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 256,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: “A stimulating combination of literary criticism, essay, and fiction” (The New Yorker) from the incomparable Ali Smith

Artful is a celebration of literature’s worth in and to the world—it is about the things art can do, the things art is made of, and the quicksilver nature of all artfulness. A magical hybrid that refuses to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, Artful is narrated by a character who is haunted—literally—by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. Ali Smith’s heady powers as a novelist and short story writer harmonize with her keen perceptions as a reader and critic to form a living thing that reminds us that life and art are never separate.
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