The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

Even at her worst, Smith is an enormously talented writer whose sentences wring telling truths out of lived-in situations. But her graceful, funny flourishes ultimately gasp for breath in narrative surroundings too airless to accommodate anything but a grave disappointment.
-AV Club

Synopsis

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. Look for her new book Swing Time, coming November 2016.



From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Zadie Smith

See more books from this Author
ZADIE SMITH was born in Northwest London in 1975. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, and the essay collection Changing My Mind.
 
Published August 12, 2003 by Vintage. 368 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Autograph Man
All: 1 | Positive: 0 | Negative: 1

AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Andy Battaglia on Oct 07 2002

Even at her worst, Smith is an enormously talented writer whose sentences wring telling truths out of lived-in situations. But her graceful, funny flourishes ultimately gasp for breath in narrative surroundings too airless to accommodate anything but a grave disappointment.

Read Full Review of The Autograph Man: A Novel | See more reviews from AV Club

Reader Rating for The Autograph Man
44%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 71 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×