The Book of Other People
By Zadie Smith (Editor)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143038184, 287pp.)
Publication Date: January 2008
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"The Book of Other People" is about character. Twenty-five or so outstanding writers have been asked by Zadie Smith to make up a fictional character. By any measure, creating character is at the heart of the fictional enterprise, and this book concentrates on writers who share a talent for making something recognizably human out of words (and, in the case of the graphic novelists, pictures). But the purpose of the book is variety: straight "realism"-if such a thing exists-is not the point. There are as many ways to create character as there are writers, and this anthology features a rich assortment of exceptional examples.
The writers featured in "The Book of Other People" include:
Chris Ware, and more.