Artful by Ali Smith audiobook

Artful

By Ali Smith
Read by Ali Smith

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge 9780241145401

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665159104

  • ISBN: 9781665159081

  • ISBN: 9781665159098

Runtime: 4.11 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In 2012, Ali Smith delivered the Weidenfeld lectures on European comparative literature at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. Those lectures, presented here, took the shape of discursive stories that refused to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form. Thus, 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. A hypnotic dialogue unfolds between storytelling and a meditation on art that encompasses love, grief, memory, and revitalization. Smith’s heady powers as fiction writer harmonize with her keen perceptions as reader and critic to form a living thing that reminds us that art and life are never separate.

Artful is a celebration of and meaningful contribution to literature’s enduring worth in the world. There has never been a book quite like it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Like no lectures you’ve ever encountered. Part ghost story, part love story, part mystery, part ode, they weave a narrative that feels more urgent, more naked than academia commonly allows. This is good. Good because exciting; it hooks us. And good because in taking this approach, Smith goes a long way toward restoring the arid subject of comp lit to its more rightful state, something vital and raw.” New York Times
“One of the marvelous things about this book is its reconciliation of the serious—both in the form of this crumbling, smelly guest and in its ardent advocacy of art—and light. Smith, whose love of words and skill at wordplay has already been made apparent in her stories and novels, performs dodge after dodge after dodge…What Smith has done with Artful is to invent a new form apart from form, to build a kind of Frankensteins monster inside the act of art.” Los Angeles Review of Books
“Contemplative and electrifying.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Ali Smith

Author Bio: Ali Smith

Ali Smith is the author of many works of fiction, which won many awards, including the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Costa Novel of the Year Award. Her work has four times been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 4.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English