SMITH ALI

  • Sophia Cleves a proposé à son fils Art - avec qui elle entretient des relations plutôt distantes - de venir passer Noël dans sa grande maison en Cornouailles. A cette occasion, il était prévu qu'il lui présente sa petite amie Charlotte. Sauf que Charlotte rompt avec Art. Ce dernier ne voulant pas se désavouer devant sa mère, il propose à une jeune femme rencontrée à un arrêt de bus de jouer le rôle de Charlotte le temps des fêtes de fin d'année.
    Une fois sur place, le faux couple se rend compte que la mère d'Art ne va pas bien. Son comportement est erratique, et elle semble confuse. Art appelle sa tante Iris au secours, bien que les deux femmes ne se soient pas parlé depuis trente ans. Un drôle de week-end commence alors : le souvenir d'autres fêtes de Noël surgit, la mémoire de l'enfance commune aussi, puis la brouille autour des choix idéologiques des deux soeurs refait surface. Car Sophia est une femme d'affaires à la retraite, alors que sa soeur Iris a consacré sa vie au militantisme politique et n'a renié aucune de ses convictions.
    L'hiver, pour Ali Smith, est la saison des ruptures, des convictions qui nous séparent, avant d'être celle des retrouvailles. Son regard sur les faux-semblants de nos sociétés à l'ère de la post-vérité est impitoyable, tendre et drôle à la fois, portée par une langue d'une grande poésie.

  • Discover the unforgettable finale to Ali Smith''s dazzling literary tour-de-forcebr>br>In the present, Sacha knows the world''s in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble. Meanwhile the world''s in meltdown - and the real meltdown hasn''t even started yet. In the past, a lovely summer. A different brother and sister know they''re living on borrowed time. br>br>This is a story about people on the brink of change. They''re family, but they think they''re strangers. So: where does family begin? And what do people who think they''ve got nothing in common have in common?br>br>Summer.br>br>''Smith''s seasonal quartet of novels is a bold and brilliant experiment'' Independentbr>br>''The novel''s hopeful message about the healing power of friendship ensures the quartet ends on a feel-good note'' Sunday Times>

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  • Français Automne ; roman

    Ali Smith

    Daniel Gluck, centenaire, ne reçoit pas d'autres visites dans sa maison de retraite que celles d'une jeune femme qui vient lui faire la lecture. Aucun lien familial entre les deux pourtant, mais une amitié profonde qui remonte à l'enfance d'Elisabeth, quand Daniel était son voisin. Elisabeth n'oubliera jamais la générosité de cet homme si gentil et distingué qui l'a éveillée à la littérature, au cinéma et à la peinture.
    Les rêves - ceux des gens ordinaires, ou ceux des artistes oubliés - prennent une place importante dans la vie des protagonistes d'Ali Smith, mais le réel de nos sociétés profondément divisées y trouve également un écho. Le référendum sur le Brexit vient d'avoir lieu, et tout un pays se déchire au sujet de son avenir, alors que les deux amis mesurent, chacun à sa manière, le temps qui passe. Comment accompagner le mouvement perpétuel des saisons, entre les souvenirs qui affluent et la vie qui s'en va ?
    L'écriture d'Ali Smith explore les fractures de nos démocraties modernes et nous interroge sur le sens de nos existences avec une poésie qui n'appartient qu'à elle, et qui lui a permis de s'imposer comme l'un des écrivains britanniques les plus singuliers, les plus lus dans le monde entier.

  • WINTER - SEASONAL

    Ali Smith

    • Penguin
    • 4 October 2018

    BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Times, Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, New York Times . . . 'Capacious, surprising, generous . . . A book with Christmas at its heart' Guardian 'Dazzling. Grief and pain are transfigured by luminous moments of humour, insight and connection . . . Even in the bleak midwinter, Smith is evergreen' Daily Telegraph 'Graceful, mischievous, joyful . . . Infused with some much-needed humour, happiness and hope' Independent 'A novel of great ferocity, tenderness and generosity of spirit . . . Luminously beautiful' Observer From the Baileys Prize-winning, Man Booker-shortlisted author of Autumn and How to be both . . . The unmissable second novel in Ali Smith's acclaimed 'Seasonal' quartet -- a Christmas story like no other Winter? 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.

  • SPRING

    Ali Smith

    • Penguin
    • 14 March 2020

    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. Praise for the Seasonal Quartet: 'Transcendental writing about art, death, political lies, and all the dimensions of love . It's a case not so much of reading between the lines as of being blinded by the light between the lines - in a good way' Deborah Levy on Autumn 'The novel of the year is obviously Autumn , which managed the miracle of making at least a kind of sense out of post-Brexit Britain' Olivia Laing, Observer on Autumn 'Ali Smith is flat-out brilliant, and she's on fire these days... Combining brainy playfulness with depth, topicality with timelessness, and complexity with accessibility while delivering an impassioned defence of human decency and art' NPR on Winter 'Rank[s] among the most original, consoling and inspiring of the artistic responses to 'this mad and bitter mess' of the present' Financial Times on Winter 'A novel of great ferocity, tenderness and generosity of spirit that you feel Dickens would have recognised... Smith is engaged in an extended process of mythologizing the present states of Britain... Luminously beautiful' Observer on Winter

  • Anglais Autumn

    Ali Smith

    • Penguin
    • 2 September 2017

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER 'In a country apparently divided against itself, a writer such as Smith is more valuable than a whole parliament of politicians' Financial Times 'Undoubtedly Smith at her best. Puckish, yet elegant; angry, but comforting' The Times 'A beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities ... The first post-Brexit novel' Guardian A breathtakingly inventive new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Prize-winning author of How to be both Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand in hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever . . . 'Terrific, extraordinary, playful... There is an awful lot to lift the soul' Daily Mail 'Bold and brilliant' Observer

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  • Anglais HOW TO BE BOTH

    Ali Smith

    How to be both is the dazzling new novel by Ali Smith.

    LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else.

    How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.


    'Smith can make anything happen, which is why she is one of our most exciting writers today' Daily Telegraph 'She's a genius, genuinely modern in the heroic, glorious sense' Alain de Botton 'I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul' Evening Standard Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. She is the author of Artful, There but for the, Free Love, Like, Hotel World, Other Stories and Other Stories, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy and The First Person and Other Stories.

  • SUMMER

    Ali Smith

    • Penguin
    • 6 August 2020

    The unmissable finale to Ali Smith''s dazzling literary tour de force: the Seasonal quartet concludes in 2020 with SummerIn the present, Sacha knows the world''s in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble.Meanwhile the world''s in meltdown - and the real meltdown hasn''t even started yet. In the past, a lovely summer. A different brother and sister know they''re living on borrowed time. This is a story about people on the brink of change. They''re family, but they think they''re strangers. So: where does family begin? And what do people who think they''ve got nothing in common have in common?Summer.PRAISE FOR SEASONAL: ''The novel of the year is obviously Autumn'' Observer on Autumn ''Masterful... Winter is utterly original'' New York Times Book Review on Winter''Luminous, generous, hope-filled... A dazzling hymn to hope. Ali Smith is lighting us a path out of the nightmarish now'' Observer on Spring''Smith''s seasonal quartet of novels is a bold and brilliant experiment'' Independent>

  • Anglais The Accidental

    Ali Smith

    'The Accidental' is at once a mysterious story of secret identities and a ruthlessly honest look at the silent cracks that can develop unnoticed in relationships over time. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2005, Whitbread Novel Award 2005 and the Saltire Award 2005.

  • A richly inventive new collection of stories from Ali Smith, author of How to be both , winner of the Baileys Women's Prize and the Costa Novel Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives - our own personal libraries - make of us? What does the unravelling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make. Public libraries are places of joy, freedom, community and discovery - and right now they are under threat from funding cuts and widespread closures across the UK and further afield. With this brilliantly inventive collection, Ali Smith joins the campaign to save our public libraries and celebrate their true place in our culture and history.

  • Georgia (dite George), une adolescente de seize ans qui vient de perdre sa mère, est en admiration devant un tableau d'un peintre méconnu : le San Vincenzo Ferreri de Francesco del Cossa, exposé à la National Gallery de Londres. Ce qu'elle ignore, c'est qu'elle est justement observée par le fantôme de ce peintre, catapulté en plein vingt-et-unième siècle.

    Mais le fantôme de Francesco del Cossa ne se contente pas d'observer George : il porte sur le monde contemporain son regard d'homme de la Renaissance tout en évoquant sa vie et les raisons qui l'ont conduit à tomber dans l'oubli. Francesco serait en réalité une femme déguisée en homme pour pouvoir vivre de son art...

    Construit comme un diptyque, Comment être double est le portrait original et émouvant de deux personnages marqués par l'amour et l'injustice. Dans ce jeu de miroir vertigineux, Ali Smith explore les fluctuations de l'identité.

  • H. G. Wells' revolutionary human rights manifesto is reissued by Penguin with a new introduction by fellow novelist and human rights campaigner Ali Smith 'Penguin and Pelican Specials are books of topical importance published within as short a time as possible from receipt of the manuscript. Some are reprints of famous books brought up-to-date, but usually they are entirely new books published for the first time.' H. G. Wells wrote The Rights of Man in 1940, partly in response to the ongoing war with Germany. The fearlessly progressive ideas he set out were instrumental in the creation of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the EU's European Convention on Human Rights and the UK's Human Rights Act. When first published, this manifesto was an urgently topical reaction to a global miscarriage of justice. It was intended to stimulate debate and make a clear statement of mankind's immutable responsibilities to itself. Seventy-five years have passed and once again we face a humanitarian crisis. In the UK our human rights are under threat in ways that they never have been before and overseas peoples are being displaced from their homelands in their millions. The international community must act decisively, cooperatively and fast. The Rights of Man is not an 'entirely new book' - but it is a book of topical importance and it has been published, now as before, in as short a time as possible, in order to react to the sudden and urgent need. With a new introduction by award-winning novelist and human rights campaigner Ali Smith, Penguin reissues one of the most important humanitarian texts of the twentieth century in the hope that it will continue to stimulate debate and remind our leaders - and each other - of the essential priorities and responsibilities of mankind.

  • Automne Nouv.

    Français Automne

    Ali Smith

    Dans la maison de retraite Maltings Care, Daniel observe la vie qui s'en va lentement. Presque chaque jour, Elisabeth lui rend visite, elle qui n'a oublié ni l'audace ni la générosité de cet homme à présent centenaire, qui fut son voisin pendant son enfance. Il l'a éveillée à la littérature, au cinéma, à la peinture, et désormais un lien profond les unit.Mais autour d'eux, tout un pays se déchire au sujet de son avenir - le référendum sur le Brexit vient d'avoir lieu. Les deux amis tentent, chacun à sa façon, entre le temps qui passe et les souvenirs qui affluent, d'accompagner le cycle perpétuel des saisons.Avec ce premier volet d'une suite romanesque en quatre volumes, Ali Smith explore les fractures de nos démocraties modernes et nous interroge sur le sens de nos existences.Un de ces livres rares, ne ressemblant à aucun autre. Inoubliable. Le Figaro littéraire.Entre poésie, onirisme et rébellion, une ode à l'anticonformisme et à l'imagination. Les Échos.Traduit de l'anglais par Laetitia Devaux.

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