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Spring

by Ali Smith - £16.99  Penguin Books Ltd (Hamish Hamilton Ltd) (2019)
hardback    ISBN 13: 9780241207048 | ISBN 10: 0241207045

From the bestselling author of Autumn and Winter, as well as the Baileys Prize-winning How to be both, comes the next installment in the remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet.
 
What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times?
 
Spring. The great connective.
 
With an eye to the migrancy of story over time, and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare's most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tells the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown Smith opens the door.
 
The time we're living in is changing nature. Will it change the nature of story?
 
Hope springs eternal.

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