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The Autograph Manby Zadie Smith
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Alex-Li Tandem sells autographs. His business is to hunt for names on paper, collect them, sell them, and occasionally fake them--all to give the people what they want: a little piece of Fame. But what does Alex want? Only the return of his father, the end of religion, something for his headache, three different girls, infinite grace, and the rare autograph of forties movie actress Kitty Alexander. With fries.
The Autograph Man is a deeply funny existential tour around the hollow trappings of modernity: celebrity, cinema, and the ugly triumph of symbol over experience. It offers further proof that Zadie Smith is one of the most staggeringly talented writers of her generation.
Alex-Li Tandem sells autographs. He hunts for names on paper in a huge network of desire, collecting them, selling them and occasionally faking them; offering people a little piece of fame. To him, enlightenment is some part of himself that cannot be signed, celebrated or sold.
Paperback version of Zadie Smith's follow-up to the ultra-successful "White Teeth". This story, of a man who buys and sells autographs, examines the nature of celebrity and its bearing on reality. Campaign to include bus-side advertising, outdoor posters and London Underground. 85,000 sold in hardback. "A terrific advance on her excellent "White Teeth". A brilliant comedy with a tantalising throb of mystic philosophy underneath" Philip Hensher.
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