Smith, Zadie. (b. 1975).
L i f e
- born to a Jamaican mother and an English father as Sadie Smith, later changed her name to Zadie
W o r k
- compared to Salman Rushdie in subject: her first novel is concerned with deconstructing Western mythologies of racial stereotypes
- also compared to Martin Amis in style
White Teeth (2000):
- told through the interrelated stories of three ethnically different London-based families: Indian, Jamaican, and English
- focuses at multiple themes: the influence of history, the search for identity, the ethics of science
- shows an effective use of humour and critical insight
> an immediate success, translated into over twenty languages
The Autograph Man (2002):
- a story of loss, obsession, and the nature of celebrity
- as in the former novel uses humour x but: shifts towards a postmodern irony against oneself
On Beauty (2005):
< heavily draws on E. M. Forster's Howards End (1910)
- contrasts an English white liberal who demands censorship x a conservative English Afro-Caribbean who questions the effectiveness of positive discrimination
- concludes with an affirmation of Forster's epigraph "only connect", with an assertion that connections in human relationships are essential for a happy life
Fail Better: The Morality of the Novel (2006):
- a literary critical collection of essays on 20th century writers
AuthorBorn Sadie Smith. Now Zadie Smith. (b. 1975). British.
WorkNovelist. Short story writer. Non-fiction writer. Author of White Teeth (2000).
GenresPostmodern fiction. Literary criticism.
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
From Fail Better: The Morality of the Novel (2006).