by Ali Smith

One day, in post-Brexit Britain and in the midst of the pandemic, artist Sandy Gray receives an unexpected phone call from a college acquaintance, Martina Pelf. Martina is calling Sandy to ask for help with a mysterious question she has been asked after spending half a day locked in a room by border control officers for no reason she can understand… Jumping forward in time, in Fragua appears the story of a blacksmith who made beautiful pieces centuries ago and who was persecuted and marked. A story of restrictions and fight for freedom that is intertwined with Sandy’s story thanks to an exceptional lock created by the blacksmith and that reaches the hands of Martina Pelf. A hopeful novel, which can be read as a coda to the famous Seasonal Quartet, in which Ali Smith once again brings us an intelligent and moving, reflective and playful novel.

Ali Smith (Inverness, 1964) He had an Irish mother, an English father and a Scottish education (until he began his PhD at Newnham College, Cambridge). In her twenties, after a debilitating bout of chronic fatigue syndrome derailed her academic career, she began writing. Now the author of eight novels and six short story collections, she creates what could be called experimental fiction, but with an easy, enjoyable and exciting reading style. She writes for The Guardian, The Scotsman and the Times Library Supplement.


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