The Book of Other People

By Zadie Smith (Editor)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143038184, 287pp.)

Publication Date: January 2008

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Description
A stellar host of writers explore the cornerstone of fiction writing: character
"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:
Aleksandar Hemon
Nick Hornby
Hari Kunzru
Toby Litt
David Mitchell
George Saunders
Colm Toibin
Chris Ware, and more.



About the Author
Zadie Smith is the critically acclaimed author of various bestselling novels, including "White Teeth" and "The Autograph Man". She was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area.
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