The hopeful spring

Running is the third book in the series by Scottish writer, playwright and journalist Ali Smith's so-called seasonal quartet. First out was Autumn (2016), then Winter (2017) – and Summer expected in March 2020. The common denominator for the books is that they are written four months before publication. In this way, the content reflects a political contemporary. Winter, for example, released in November's 2017, revolves around Donald Trump's statement from July of that year: "We're going to start saying 'Merry Christmas' again." Running Smith highlights global anti-immigration policy.

Migrantkrise

The story of Running is told through four central characters: the film director Richard Lease, who in 1922 makes a film about the writers Katherine Mansfield (1888 – 1923) and Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926); Officer Brittany Hall, who works at a detention center; the unemployed librarian Alda Lyons, who lives in an unused coffee truck; and twelve-year-old Florence, who ties the whole story and characters together.

The Aha experiences continue through all the 336 tightly packed
pages.

In this novel, the main themes are the migrant crisis and homelessness among the people of the world. Although Brexit is not mentioned a single time and is only referred to Donald Trump three times, I get associations with both when I read about refugees stranded in the detention center where one (of the four) literary figures, Brittany Hall, works .

Smith writes: "I look at Trump now, I see them all, the new world tyrants, all the leaders of the packs, the racists, the white supremacists, the new crusader rabble-rousers holding forth, the thugs all across the world, and what I think is, all that. . .



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