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 people what they want – a little piece of fame.
From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN’S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Swing Time, White Teeth and On Beauty
‘A pleasure from the first page to the last’ Evening Standard
‘A glorious concoction by our most beguiling and original prose-wizard’ Independent on Sunday
‘Full of humour, the search for love and the fear of death… A touching, thoughtful, deeply felt rite-of-passage novel’ Sunday Telegraph
The Autograph Man follows one Alex-Li Tandem: a twenty-something Chinese-Jewish autograph dealer turned on by sex, drugs and organised religion. From London to New York, love to death, fathers to sons, Alex tries to discover how a piece of paper can bring him closer to his heart’s desire. Exposing our misconceptions about our idols – about ourselves – Zadie Smith delivers a brilliant, unforgettable tale about who we are and what we really want to be.