• Hiver Nouv.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Anglais AUTUMN

    Ali Smith

    • Penguin
    • 31 August 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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  • Winter

    Ali Smith

    • Penguin
    • 1 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.

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  • SPRING

    Ali Smith

    • Penguin
    • 12 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

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    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>

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Dans la banlieue de Londres, les Lee reçoivent à dîner. Puis soudain Miles Garth, l'un des invités, va s'enfermer dans une chambre et décide de ne plus en sortir. L'affaire s'ébruite, et Miles devient célèbre. Pour s'en débarrasser, les Lee retrouvent ceux qui l'ont fréquenté : Anna, une triste employée de bureau, Mark, photographe homosexuel en deuil, et May, une vieille dame aux portes de la folie. Leurs souvenirs dessinent un portrait de Miles bien troublant. Mais peut-on vraiment connaitre un homme ? Seule Brooke, la fille surdouée des Lee, va s'approcher de la vérité. A travers cette fable contemporaine, Ali Smith se joue, dans un humour grinçant et une prose virevoltante, de l'hypocrisie des rapports humains.

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  • Girl meets boy

    Ali Smith

    Une fille rencontre un garçon. Ils s'aiment. C'est la plus belle et la plus banale histoire du monde. Sous la plume magique d'Ali Smith, le conte devient militant. Car l'auteur d' Hôtel Univers a introduit une variante : une fille rencontre une fille. Elles s'aiment. C'est la plus belle et la plus banale histoire du monde. Mais la réalité n'est jamais si simple, même dans les contes. Midge et Anthea sont soeurs. Elles travaillent chez Pure, une puissante multinationale. Au premier regard, Anthea tombe amoureuse de la jeune Robin. La découverte de l'homosexualité d'Anthea bouleverse les certitudes de sa soeur. Et lorsqu'elle rencontre Paul, le trouble est encore plus fort. Paul est attirant, gracile, délicat. Paul est un garçon. Mais il ressemble à une fille.

    Girl meets boy est un livre poétique et plein d'humour, qui revisite Les Métamorphoses d'Ovide et s'amuse à brouiller les pistes du masculin / féminin.

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  • Anglais UNTITLED ESSAYS

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  • Anglais Winter

    Ali Smith

    The dazzling second novel in Ali Smith's essential Seasonal Quartet -- from the Baileys Prize-winning, Man Booker-shortlisted author of Autumn and How to be both
    A Book of the Year according to: the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Evening Standard, The Times.
    'Dazzling' Daily TelegraphWinter? 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.

  • Anglais Girl Meets Boy

    Ali Smith

    Girl meets boy. It's a story as old as time. But what happens when an old story meets a brand new set of circumstances? Ali Smith's re-mix of Ovid's most joyful metamorphosis is a story about the kind of fluidity that can't be bottled and sold. It is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, a story of puns and doubles, reversals and revelations. Funny and fresh, poetic and political, Girl Meets Boy is a myth of metamorphosis for the modern world.

  • Ali Smith, twice shortlisted for both the Man Booker and the Orange Prizes, is back with the sparkling There but for the...

    'There once was a man who, one night between the main course and the sweet at a dinner party, went upstairs and locked himself in one of the bedrooms of the house of the people who were giving the dinner party . . .' As time passes by and the consequences of this stranger's actions ripple outwards, touching the owners, the guests, the neighbours and the whole country, so Ali Smith draws us into a beautiful, strange place where everyone is so much more than they at first appear.

    There but for the has been hailed as one of the best books of 2011 by Jeanette Winterson, A.S. Byatt, Patrick Ness, Sebastian Barry, Boyd Tonkin, Erica Wagner and Nick Barley.

    'Dazzlingly inventive' A.S. Byatt 'Whimsically devastating. Playful, humorous, serious, profoundly clever and profoundly affecting' Guardian 'A real gem' Erica Wagner, The Times 'Eccentric, adventurous, intoxicating, dazzling. This is a novel with serious ambitions that remains huge fun to read' Literary Review 'If you liked Smith's earlier fiction, you will know that she enjoys setting up a situation before chucking in a literary Molotov cocktail then describing what happens' Sunday Express 'Wonderful, word-playful, compelling' Jeanette Winterson 'Smith can make anything happen, which is why she is one of our most exciting writers today' Daily Telegraph 'I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul' Evening Standard Ali Smith is the author of novels Girl Meets Boy, Like and the bestsellers The Accidental and Hotel World. She has published the short story collections The First Person and Other Stories, Free Love and Other Stories, Other Stories and Other Stories and The Whole Story and Other Stories. She has been twice-shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, twice nominated for the Orange Prize and won the Whitbread Novel of the Year in 2005.

  • 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.

  • Other Stories and Other Stories is a stunning collection of short stories from Ali Smith.

    Individually lucid and luminous, these formally inventive and exquisite tales resonate subtly together. In examining the distances and connections between ourselves and others, and lightly and expertly inching us closer to the bone, storytelling itself has never seemed so necessary, so moving or so joyous.

    'Beautifully written and quietly unsettling' Big Issue 'Bold and sensitive. Smith's prose is a joy' Independent 'A wonderful collection; deceptively easy on one level with its whirling library of ghost story, funny story, love story, scary story, and more. Like Russian dolls, separate yet invisibly linked, they unfold from and into one another' Herald 'Smith breathes life into her imagined words with a true understanding of the craft of the short-story writer. She dances surely and lightly over the form' Guardian 'Captures quiet epiphanies of the extraordinary in the mundane' Sunday Times 'These stories fizz with life' The Times Literary Supplement Ali Smith is the author of novels Girl Meets Boy, Like, The Accidental, Hotel World and There but for the. She has published the short story collections The First Person and Other Stories, Free Love and Other Stories, Other Stories and Other Stories and The Whole Story and Other Stories. She has been twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, twice nominated for the Orange Prize and won the Whitbread Novel of the Year in 2005.

  • Anglais Hotel World

    Ali Smith

    Ali Smith's masterful, ambitious Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize.

    Five people: four are living, three are strangers, two are sisters, one is dead. In her highly acclaimed and most ambitious book to date, the brilliant young Scottish writer Ali Smith brings alive five unforgettable characters and traces their intersecting lives. This is a short novel with big themes (time, chance, money, death) but an eye for tiny detail: the taste of dust, the weight of a few coins in the hand, the pleasurable pain of a stone in one's shoe . . .

    'Ali Smith has got style, ideas and punch. Read her' Jeanette Winterson 'An extremely readable, easy-flowing writer and one of the subtlest and most intelligent around. Hotel World is essential reading from a writer confirming herself as a major talent. . . a wonderful piece of sustained imagination' Independent 'As infectious as a pop song, the story bursts open form the very first page and demands to be read in one sitting' The Times Ali Smith is the author of novels Girl Meets Boy, Like, The Accidental, Hotel World and There but for the. She has published the short story collections The First Person and Other Stories, Free Love and Other Stories, Other Stories and Other Stories and The Whole Story and Other Stories. She has been twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, twice nominated for the Orange Prize and won the Whitbread Novel of the Year in 2005.

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