The Book of Other People
The Book of Other People

Edited by Zadie Smith

If "hell is other people" (as Sartre once said), then this book affirms just the opposite. To raise money for 826 New York, Zadie Smith commissioned 22 of today's most provocative contemporary writers to "make somebody up." The result? A diverse collection of fantastic character sketches that both entertain and arouse the imagination. —Recommended by Anah, City Lights Books

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 Tóibín
Chris Ware, and more

Title The Book of Other People
Edited by Zadie Smith
Publisher Penguin Books
Title First Published 02 January 2008
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 304 p.
ISBN-10 0143038184
ISBN-13 9780143038184
Publication Date 02 January 2008
Main content page count 304
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.00

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