Autograph Man

Paperback | February 3, 2004

byZadie Smith

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The Autograph Man is Zadie Smith's whirlwind tour of celebrity and our fame-obsessed times. Following one Alex-Li Tandem - a twenty-something, Chinese-Jewish autograph dealer turned on by sex, drugs and organised religion - it takes in London and New York, love and death, fathers and sons, as Alex tries to discover how a piece of paper can bring him closer to his heart's desire. Exposing our misconceptions about our idols - about ourselves - Zadie Smith delivers a brilliant, unforgettable tale about who we are and what we really want to be. 'A glorious concoction written by our most beguiling and original prose-wizard' Independent on Sunday 'A brilliant comedy with a tantalising throb of mystic philosophy underneath' Philip Hensher, Books of the Year, Spectator 'A pleasure from the first page to the last' Evening Standard 'Intellectually agile ... ecstatic inventiveness' Time 'A classic' Spectator 'Genuinely funny and entertaining' Guardian 'Vibrant, highly imaginative' Jewish Chronicle 'Full of irony, humour, the search for love and the fear of death . . . a touching, thoughtful, deeply felt rite-of-passage novel' Sunday Telegraph

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The Autograph Man is Zadie Smith's whirlwind tour of celebrity and our fame-obsessed times. Following one Alex-Li Tandem - a twenty-something, Chinese-Jewish autograph dealer turned on by sex, drugs and organised religion - it takes in London and New York, love and death, fathers and sons, as Alex tries to discover how a piece of pap...

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Deeply funny, subversive and splendidly entertaining, The Autograph Man is a whirlwind tour of celebrity and our fame-obsessed times. Following one Alex-Li Tandem – a twenty-something, Chinese-Jewish autograph dealer turned on by sex, drugs and organized religion – it takes in London and New York, love and death, fathers and sons, as A...

Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty and NW, as well as The Embassy of Cambodia and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People. Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1 inPublished:February 3, 2004Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140276343

ISBN - 13:9780140276343

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible. Utterly, utterly terrible. Final Verdict: 3 out of 10. This book serves as a testament to Zadie Smith's inablity to write consistently. She is merely a one-hit-wonder with "White Teeth," and fails to bring the same charisma and entertainment here in The Autograph Man. This novel is a bore to read, the charachter development is quite slow and it simply lacks the flare of true art. The book is organized in such a way that it is in fact disorganized and only serves to irritate. The only good thing about this painful read is Smith's willful opaquness, and even that barely kept me interested. My apologies to Zadie Smith, but more importantly to anyone having to live through one excruciating page after another.
Date published: 2009-05-01