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Willesden, London, 27 Oct. 1975 • British novelist
|Novelist Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother. She read English at Cambridge, graduating in 1997.
Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth (2000), is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the story of three ethnically diverse families. The book won a number of awards and prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book). It also won two EMMA (BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Awards) for Best Book/Novel and Best Female Media Newcomer, and was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Author's Club First Novel Award. White Teeth has been translated into over twenty languages and was adapted for Channel 4
| television for broadcast in autumn 2002. Her tenure as Writer in Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Arts resulted in the publication of an anthology of erotic stories entitled Piece of Flesh (2001). More recently, she has written the introduction for The Burned Children of America (2003), a collection of eighteen short stories by a new generation of young American writers.
Zadie Smith's second novel, The Autograph Man (2002), a story of loss, obsession and the nature of celebrity, won the 2003 Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize for Fiction. In 2003 she was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'.
Her third novel, On Beauty, was published in 2005, and she has also written a non-fiction book about writing - Fail Better (2006).
|ON ZADIE SMITH'S BOOKSHELF|
Charles Dickens, 1852-1853
Charles Dickens, 1860-1861
Vladimir Nabokov, 1957
The End of History and the Last Man
Francis Fukuyama, 1992 (eerst verschenen in 1989, als essay)
E.M. Forster, 1910
Kingsley Amis, 1954
Stanley and the Women
Kingsley Amis, 1984
|BOOKS BY ZADIE SMITH:|
Howard Belsey is an Englishman abroad, an academic teaching in a small college town in New England. As he struggles to revive his passion for his African-American wife Kiki, his three teenage children are seeking loves, ideals and commitments of their own.
|WHAT TO READ AFTER ON BEAUTY?|
OTHER ADAPTATIONS OF CLASSIC BRITISH NOVELS
Michel Tournier, 1967
Anthony Burgess, 1978
Peter Carey, 1997
Bridget Jones's Diary
Helen Fielding, 1997
|The Autograph Man|
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.
In the author's words, this novel is 'an attempt at a comic family epic of little England into which an explosion of ethnic colour is injected'. It tells the story of three families, one Indian, one white, one mixed, in North London and Oxford from World War II to the present day.
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