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White Teeth

Author: Zadie Smith
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9781400075508
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Zadie Smith’s dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and Martin Amis. But the truth is that Zadie Smith’s voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her own. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against London’ s racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.

The Autograph Man

Author: Zadie Smith
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1400034434
Size: 59.41 MB
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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. Look for her new book Swing Time, coming November 2016. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Correction

Author: Thomas Bernhard
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307833593
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The scientist Roithamer has dedicated the last six years of his life to “the Cone,” an edifice of mathematically exact construction that he has erected in the center of his family’s estate in honor of his beloved sister. Not long after its completion, he takes his own life. As an unnamed friend pieces together—literally, from thousands of slips of papers and one troubling manuscript—the puzzle of Rotheimer’s breakdown, what emerges is the story of a genius ceaselessly compelled to correct and refine his perceptions until the only logical conclusion is the negation of his own soul. Considered by many critics to be Thomas Bernhard’s masterpiece, Correction is a cunningly crafted and unforgettable meditation on the tension between the desire for perfection and the knowledge that it is unattainable.

A Good Man In Africa

Author: William Boyd
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307787796
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In the small African republic of Kinjanja, British diplomat Morgan Leafy bumbles heavily through his job. His love of women, his fondness for drink, and his loathing for the country prove formidable obstacles on his road to any kind of success. But when he becomes an operative in Operation Kingpin and is charged with monitoring the front runner in Kinjanja’s national elections, Morgan senses an opportunity to achieve real professional recognition and, more importantly, reassignment. After he finds himself being blackmailed, diagnosed with a venereal disease, attempting bribery, and confounded with a dead body, Morgan realizes that very little is going according to plan.

Time S Arrow

Author: Martin Amis
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307777774
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In Time's Arrow the doctor Tod T. Friendly dies and then feels markedly better, breaks up with his lovers as a prelude to seducing them, and mangles his patients before he sends them home. And all the while Tod's life races backward toward the one appalling moment in modern history when such reversals make sense. "The narrative moves with irresistible momentum.... [Amis is] a daring, exacting writer willing to defy the odds in pursuit of his art."--Newsday From the Trade Paperback edition.

Zadie Smith

Author: Tracey Lorraine Walters
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820488066
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Zadie Smith: Critical Essays is a timely collection of critical articles examining how Zadie Smith’s novels and short stories interrogate race, postcolonialism, and identity. Essays explore the various ways Smith approaches issues of race, either by deconstructing notions of race or interrogating the complexity of biracial identity; and how Smith takes on contemporary debates concerning notions of Britishness, Englishness, and Black Britishness. Some essays also consider the shifting identities adopted by those who identify with both British and West Indian, South Asian, or East Asian ancestry. Other essays explore Smith’s contemporary postcolonial approach to Britain’s colonial legacy, and the difference between how immigrants and first-generation British-born children deal with cultural alienation and displacement. This thought-provoking collection is a much-needed critical tool for students and researchers in both contemporary British literature and Diasporic literature and culture.

Fugitive Histories

Author: Githa Hariharan
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 0670082171
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&Lsquo;Githa Hariharan&Rsquo;S Fiction Is Wonderful&Mdash;Full Of Subtleties And Humour And Tenderness&Rsquo; &Mdash;Michael Ondaatje Mala&Rsquo;S Home In Delhi Is Empty, Save For A Lifetime Of Sketches Left Behind By Her Late Husband Asad And The Memories They Conjure. Sifting Through Them On Restless Afternoons And Sleepless Nights, Mala Summons Ghosts From Her Childhood, Relives The Heady Days Of Love And Optimism When Asad And She Robustly Defied Social Conventions To Build A Life Together&Mdash;And Struggles To Understand How Events Far Removed Could So Easily Snatch Away The Certainties They Had Always Taken For Granted. As Their Story Unfolds, Others Emerge: Of Sara, Mala And Asad&Rsquo;S Daughter, Who, Unable To Commit To A Cause That Will Renew Her Faith In Her Parents&Rsquo; Ideals And Her Own, Embarks On A Search For Purpose That Brings Her From Mumbai To Ahmedabad, The Venue Of Recent Carnage. Of Yasmin, Whom Sara Meets Across A Lately Created &Lsquo;Border&Rsquo;, A Survivor Of Mayhem Secretly Dreaming Of College And The Miraculous Return Of Her Missing Brother, Akbar, As She Navigates Menacing By-Lanes To Reach Her School Safely Every Day. Of Innumerable Other Lives Trapped In Limbo&Mdash;Some Caught In A Mesh Of Memory, Anguish And Hate, Others Seeking Release In Private Dreams And Valiant Hopes. Marked By An Astonishing Clarity Of Observation And Deep Compassion, Fugitive Histories Exposes The Legacy Of Prejudice That, Sometimes Insidiously, Sometimes Perceptibly, Continues To Affect Disparate Lives In Present-Day India. In Prose That Is At Once Elegant, Playful And Startlingly Inventive, Githa Hariharan Portrays With Remarkable Precision The Web Of Human Connections That Binds As Much As It Divides.

The Summer Before The Dark

Author: Doris Lessing
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0307390624
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In a single summer Kate Brown journeys from turkey to Spain, and from husband to lover to madness, shedding the protective parts of her personality in this coming-of-age story from the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Grass is Singing. Reprint.

Flags In The Dust

Author: William Faulkner
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0307946762
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"The complete text, published for the first time in 1973, of Faulkner's third novel, written when he was twenty-nine, which appeared, with his reluctant consent, in a much cut version in 1929 as Sartoris."--Page 4 of cover.

Imagination And The Contemporary Novel

Author: John J. Su
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139497545
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Imagination and the Contemporary Novel examines the global preoccupation with the imagination among literary authors with ties to former colonies of the British Empire since the 1960s. John Su draws on a wide range of authors including Peter Ackroyd, Monica Ali, Julian Barnes, André Brink, J. M. Coetzee, John Fowles, Amitav Ghosh, Nadine Gordimer, Hanif Kureishi, Salman Rushdie and Zadie Smith. This study rehabilitates the category of imagination in order to understand a broad range of contemporary Anglophone literature. The responses of such literature to shifts in global capitalism have often been misunderstood by the dominant categories of literary studies, the postmodern and the postcolonial. As both an insightful critique into the themes that drive a range of today's best novelists and a bold restatement of what the imagination is and what it means for contemporary culture, this book breaks new ground in the study of twenty-first-century literature.