The Autograph Man
'The novel is a pleasure from the first page to the last' - David Sexton, "Evening Standard". Alex-Li Tandem sells autographs. A small blip in a huge worldwide network of desire, it is his business to hunt for names on paper, collect them, sell them, occasionally fake them, and all to give the people what they want: a little piece of Fame. "The Autograph Man" is a deeply funny, existential tour around the hollow things of modernity - celebrity, cinema, and the ugly triumph of symbol over experience. Pushing against the tide of his generation, Alex-Li is on his way to finding enlightenment, otherwise known as some part of himself that cannot be signed, celebrated or sold.
Winner of Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for Fiction 2003 and Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize: Fiction 2003. Shortlisted for Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2003 and Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2003 and Orange Prize for Fiction 2003 and Orange Prize 2003.
Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975 and continues to live in the area. THE AUTOGRAPH MAN is her second novel.