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How to be both

How to be both

Smith, Ali, 1962- author

This is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make a 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

Paperback, Book. English. General. Magic realism (Literature).
Published UK: Penguin Books, 2015
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    47244593 Adult Fiction Adult fiction Available


Statement of responsibility: Ali Smith
ISBN: 0141025204, 9780141025209
Note: Originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 2014.
Physical Description: 371 pages ; 20 cm