The Autograph Man
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Author: Smith, Zadie
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 2003
Dimensions: 197mm x 128mm x 29mm
Format: Paperback / softback
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.
‘The novel is a pleasure from the first page to the last.’ David Sexton, Evening Standard