A stimulating combination of literary criticism, essay, and fiction (The New Yorker) from the incomparable Ali SmithArtful 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 velist 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.
Ali Smith is the author of nine works of fiction, including Hotel World and TheAccidental, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and winner of the Whitbread Award. She lives in Cambridge, England.