Publication Date: 17/02/2022 ISBN: 9781787302808 Category:

Pure Colour

Sheila Heti

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 17/02/2022 ISBN: 9781787302808 Category:





Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vulture, The Times Literary Supplement, and more

‘Beautiful and impossible to put down. Sheila Heti is a genius.’ Avni Doshi

‘This one-of-a-kind novel… feels nothing less than vital.’ Observer

‘Pure Colour is an original, a book that says something new for our difficult times.’ Anne Enright, Guardian

‘A treat to read.’ Stylist

What if this world is just a first draft, made by some great artist in order to be destroyed?

In this first draft, a woman named Mira leaves home to study. There, she meets Annie, whose tremendous power opens Mira’s chest like a portal – to what, she doesn’t know. When Mira is older, her beloved father dies, and she enters that strange and dizzying dimension that true loss opens up.

Pure Colour tells the story of a life, from beginning to end. It is a galaxy of a novel: explosive, celestially bright, huge, and streaked with beauty. It is a contemporary bible, an atlas of feeling, and a shape-shifting epic. Sheila Heti is a philosopher of modern experience, and she has reimagined what a book can hold.

‘Exhilarating…it made me want to write’ Sally Rooney, on How Should a Person Be?
‘Sheila Heti has broken new ground’ Rachel Cusk, on Motherhood
‘Complex, artfully messy and hilarious’ Miranda July, on How Should a Person Be?
‘Thrilling, very funny, and almost unbearably moving’ Garth Greenwell, on Motherhood
‘Courageous, necessary, visionary’ Elif Batuman, on Motherhood

Publisher Review

Sheila Heti has the innate ability to capture feelings and thinkings that can seem so mercurial, and to provoke new avenues of thought on social codes, with challenge, care, and clarity. Her writing is both a relief and an invigoration. Pure Colour is galactical in its exploration of art, love, loss and time, and tremendously experimental and playful with form and philosophy. -- Anna Cafolla * AnOther, *Books to Look Out For 2022* * Pure Colour will make you question life and choices in the same philosophical and lyrically written way. -- Alice Snape * Cosmopolitan, *Books to Look Our For 2022* * Pure Colour is not just a novel, it's a creation myth, a fairy tale, a story about making art and living on this planet. A story about death and the irresistible inner stirrings that bring us back to life. Beautiful and impossible to put down. Sheila Heti is a genius. -- Avni Doshi It isn't often that a novel dares to rethink the order of the universe we live in, yet in Pure Colour, Sheila Heti aims for just that. Making new sense of our cracked world through a vulnerable meditation on love and art that feels both personal and cosmic, this is a book that takes good care of its reader, and heals. -- Livia Franchini Heti has evolved the leanest, more powerful, playful, and entirely unique form for writing ideas. With one foot in the everyday and another in the floating world, Pure Colour is a pure feat. -- Joanna Walsh

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