Pure Colour

£16.99

After God created the heavens and the earth, he stood back to contemplate creation, like a painter standing back from the canvas. This is the moment we are living in – the moment of God standing back. In this first draft of existence, 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. This is a book about the shape of a life, from beginning to end. It’s about art, critics, and ageing. It’s about the surrounding world – sky, trees, lakes, stars – and ‘the world beyond this world’, which can be glimpsed in rare moments when something shattering occurs.

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

*A Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman, Daily Mail, AnOther and Cosmopolitan Books for 2022 pick*

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.
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PRAISE FOR SHEILA HETI:
‘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

Additional information

Weight 0.346 kg
Dimensions 22.2 × 14.4 × 2.4 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

224

Language

English

Edition

Hardback original

Dewey

813.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K