June 1, 2003
June 1, 2003
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.
Alex-li Tandem, whose mother is Chinese and father (who died young) was Jewish, collects the autographs of celebrities. He has a massive crush on an aging movie star named Kitty Alexander, and in the course of searching for her autograph he encounters adventures that include the mammoth Autographicana Fair in New York. A New York Times Notable Book for 2002.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Humorous Fiction, Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary, Hobbies + Activities
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Zadie Smith
- Online Item #: 11398843
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-8437
- ISBN: 9780375703874
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported