Zadie Smith

  • Dans ce premier recueil de nouvelles, Zadie Smith allie son inimitable pouvoir d'observation et sa voix unique pour explorer les arcanes du monde moderne. Entrelaçant les thèmes, les registres et les points de vue, elle nous invite à la rencontre d'un cortège de personnages : un homme dont c'est le dernier jour sur terre, une quadragénaire revivant par la pensée ses années d'université et s'interrogeant sur la versatilité du désir, un groupe de touristes anglais déconnectés des réalités, des célébrités américaines en fuite... Rivalisant d'humour et d'exquise perspicacité, Zadie Smith excelle dans la restitution des dialogues et donne vie et relief à ces histoires saisissantes.
    Éclectique, rythmé et profondément original, Grand Union questionne les héritages qui nous hantent, les appartenances culturelles, les relations familiales, l'identité raciale ou encore la pluralité de la condition féminine. La part belle est d'ailleurs faite aux personnages de femmes, et aux femmes noires en particulier : jeunes, âgées, mères, amantes, au fil des nouvelles elles forment une éclatante constellation. Avec ce recueil, Zadie Smith s'autorise absolument tout, pour notre plus grand plaisir.

  • Swing time

    Zadie Smith

    Dans un quartier populaire de Londres, deux petites filles métisses nouent une relation fusionnelle autour d'un même rêve : devenir danseuses. Mais seule Tracey, la plus effrontée, a du talent. L'autre possède des idées : sur le rythme et le temps, les corps et la musique noire, ce que signifie appartenir, ce que signifie être libre. Leur amitié explosive s'interrompt brusquement au début de la vingtaine. Empruntant des chemins différents vers un destin qu'elles imaginent lumineux, chacune s'égarera pourtant en route.
    Débordant d'énergie, d'humour et d'émotion, Swing Time raconte les espoirs et les désillusions de ceux qui suivent la danse et de ceux qui la mènent.

  • Sourires de loup

    Zadie Smith

    "Un matin de bonne heure, tard dans le siècle, à Cricklewood Broadway. À six heures et vingt-sept minutes, en ce 1er janvier 1975, Alfred Archibald Jones, tout de velours côtelé vêtu, était assis dans un break Cavalier Musketeer rempli de vapeurs d'essence, le visage sur le volant, à espérer que la sentence divine ne serait pas trop sévère. Prostré, les mâchoires relâchées, les bras en croix comme quelque ange déchu, le poing refermé d'un côté (gauche) sur ses médailles militaires, de l'autre (droit) sur son certificat de mariage, pour la bonne raison qu'il avait décidé d'emporter ses erreurs avec lui. [...] Il avait joué à pile ou face et s'était tenu sans défaillir au verdict du hasard. Il s'agissait là d'un suicide mûrement réfléchi. Mieux, d'une résolution de nouvel an."
    Maniant le loufoque, la satire et l'humour avec un art consommé, Zadie Smith produit ici un premier roman détonant, qui frappe par son ambition et son extraordinaire énergie. Ajoutons l'actualité des sujets abordés et la vitalité d'une prose qui se colore de tous les accents de la terre.

  • De la beauté

    Zadie Smith

    Rien ne va plus pour le très britannique Howard Belsey, spécialiste de Rembrandt et gauchiste convaincu, qui végète en fin de carrière dans la petite université de Wellington, près de Boston : son épouse vénérée, l'Afro-Américaine Kiki, lui bat froid depuis qu'elle le sait coupable d'infidélité ; leur fils aîné, Jerome, s'est réfugié chez Monty Kipps, l'ennemi juré de Howard, un intellectuel anglo-antillais ultra-conservateur ; enfin, voilà que Monty lui-même débarque à Wellington comme professeur invité. Il est accompagné de sa famille et notamment de sa troublante fille Victoria. Et le chassé-croisé sentimental va commencer. Tandis que fait rage un débat sur la discrimination positive, les épouses des deux rivaux se lient d'amitié, Zora Belsey s'entiche d'un jeune slammeur du ghetto, son frère Levi d'un groupe de réfugiés haïtiens... Zadie Smith aborde ici de front les enjeux les plus brûlants du XXIe siècle : le métissage culturel, l'héritage colonial, les rapports de classes, l'opposition entre Europe et Amérique. Mais cette fresque foisonnante et tragi-comique, d'une invention verbale sans cesse renouvelée, offre aussi une méditation tendrement ironique sur ce qui unit les êtres et donne un sens à leur vie : la quête de la beauté ; l'effort pour s'ouvrir à l'autre ; les liens affectifs en tous genres. Car De la beauté pourrait tout aussi bien s'intituler De l'amour.

  • Leah, Nathalie, Félix et Nathan ont grandi dans la cité de Caldwell, au nord-ouest de Londres. Ils se sont connus, aimés, ou juste frôlés, puis ont pris leur envol. Mais à l'approche de la quarantaine, ils vivent toujours dans ce quartier cosmopolite, où cohabitent la misère et une certaine réussite sociale. Leah ne veut pas d'enfant et prend la pilule en cachette. Nathalie n'a pas toujours été Nathalie. Nathan, lui, n'a pas su échapper à la drogue et son fantôme hante le quartier. Félix enfin croit bien s'en être sorti et s'apprête à conclure l'affaire du siècle, jusqu'à ce drame qui va traverser leur existence et les lier à tout jamais. Avec Ceux du Nord-Ouest, Zadie Smith s'empare des pensées, des souvenirs de ses personnages, pour dresser un portrait impressionniste du quartier de son enfance, à la manière d'une Virginia Woolf du XXIe siècle.

  • Depuis une dizaine d'années, Zadie Smith publie des "essais ponctuels" comme elle aime à les appeler, dans les journaux et revues les plus prestigieux d'Amérique et d'Angleterre. Changer d'avis ("au fil des ans l'opinion que l'on croit sienne évolue") les rassemble.
    Zadie Smith y déploie toute l'étendue de sa curiosité, et écrit avec passion sur les multiples sujets qui lui tiennent à coeur - la lecture, l'écriture, le cinéma, le voyage, Barack Obama, le langage, le métissage... Le style est flamboyant, l'esprit aiguisé, l'humour irrésistible, l'érudition toujours discrète, l'humilité assumée, l'empathie partout présente.
    À noter tout particulièrement, le magistral hommage à l'auteur américain David Foster Wallace, disparu en 2008, qui clôt le recueil. Analyse approfondie et ludique d'une oeuvre foisonnante et parfois difficile, ce long texte est également un bouleversant témoignage qui nous rappelle la première fonction de l'écrivain : s'interroger sur ce que cela veut dire "vivre conscients, en adultes, jour après jour".

  • Zadie Smith's White Teeth is a classic international bestseller and an unforgettable portrait of London One of the most talked about fictional debuts ever, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book.

    'Funny, clever ... and a rollicking good read' Independent 'An astonishingly assured début, funny and serious ... I was delighted' Salman Rushdie 'The almost preposterous talent was clear from the first pages' Julian Barnes, Guardian 'Quirky, sassy and wise ... a big, splashy, populous production reminiscent of books by Dickens and Salman Rushdie ... demonstrates both an instinctive storytelling talent and a fully fashioned voice that's street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time' New York Times 'Smith writes like an old hand, and, sometimes, like a dream' New Yorker 'Outstanding ... A strikingly clever and funny book with a passion for ideas, for language and for the rich tragic-comedy of life' Sunday Telegraph 'Do believe the hype' The Times 'Relentlessly funny ... idiosyncratic, and deeply felt' Guardian Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays, Changing My Mind, and also edited a short-story anthology, The Book of Other People.

  • Zadie Smith's On Beauty is a funny, powerful and moving story about love and family Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful?

    Set in New England mainly and London partly, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kipps, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family.

    'The novel I didn't want to finish, I was enjoying it so much' John Sutherland, Evening Standard 'Thrums with intellectual sass and know-how' Literary Review 'Delightfully entertaining . . . filled with humour, generosity and contemporary sparkle' Alex Clark, Daily Telegraph 'My novel of the year . . . Delicious' Liz Jones, Evening Standard 'Satirical, wise and sexy' Washington Post 'Heartstopping' The Times Literary Supplement 'A triumph, Smith's comedy shines' Daily Mail 'Ambitious, hugely impressive, beautifully observed' Guardian Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays, Changing My Mind, and also edited a short-story anthology, The Book of Other People.

  • The Book of Other People is just that: a book of other people. Open its covers and you'll make a whole host of new acquaintances. Nick Hornby and Posy Simmonds present the ever-diverging writing life of Jamie Johnson; Hari Kunzru twitches open his net curtains to reveal the irrepressible Magda Mandela (at 4:30a.m., in her lime-green thong); Jonathan Safran Foer's Grandmother offers cookies to sweeten the tale of her heart scan; and Dave Eggers, George Saunders, David Mitchell, Colm Toibín, A.M. Homes, Chris Ware and many more each have someone to introduce to you, too.

    With an introduction by Zadie Smith and brand-new stories from over twenty of the best writers of their generation from both sides of the Atlantic, The Book of Other People is as dazzling and inventive as its authors, and as vivid and wide-ranging as its characters.

  • Anglais NW

    Zadie Smith

    NW is Zadie Smith's masterful novel about London life.

    Zadie Smith's brilliant tragi-comic NW follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - after they've left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they've made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel. A portrait of modern urban life, NW is funny, sad and urgent - as brimming with vitality as the city itself.

    Praise for NW:

    'Her dialogue sings and soars; terse, packed and sassy. Smith is simply wonderful: Dickens's legitimate daughter' Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'Astonishing, dazzling. Really - without exaggeration - not since Dickens has there been a better observer of London scenes. Zadie Smith is a genius. It's hard to imagine a better novel this year - or this decade' A.N. Wilson 'Intensely funny, richly varied, always unexpected. A joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece. No better English novel will be published this year' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph 'Absolutely brilliant. So electrically authentic' TIME 'Captivating. Funny, sexy, weird, full of acute social comedy, like London. She's up there with the best around' Evening Standard 'Marvellous . . . crackles with reflections on race, music and migration. A lyrical fiction for our times' Spectator 'Undeniably brilliant . . . rush out and buy this book' Observer Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty, and of a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People.

  • The Autograph Man is Zadie Smith's whirlwind tour of celebrity and our fame-obsessed times.

    Following one Alex-Li Tandem - a twenty-something, Chinese-Jewish autograph dealer turned on by sex, drugs and organised religion - it takes in London and New York, love and death, fathers and sons, as 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 in The Autograph Man a brilliant, unforgettable tale about who we are and what we really want to be.

    'A glorious concoction written by our most beguiling and original prose-wizard' Independent on Sunday 'A brilliant comedy with a tantalising throb of mystic philosophy underneath' Philip Hensher, Books of the Year, Spectator 'A pleasure from the first page to the last' Evening Standard 'Intellectually agile ... ecstatic inventiveness' Time 'A classic' Spectator 'Genuinely funny and entertaining' Guardian 'Vibrant, highly imaginative' Jewish Chronicle 'Full of irony, humour, the search for love and the fear of death . . . a touching, thoughtful, deeply felt rite-of-passage novel' Sunday Telegraph Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays, Changing My Mind, and has edited a short-story collection, The Book of Other People.

  • Changing My Mind is a collection of essays by Zadie Smith on literature, cinema, art - and everything in between.


    'A supremely good read. Smith writes about reading and writing with such infectious zeal and engaging accessibility that it makes you want to turn up at her house and demand tutoring' Dazed and Confused 'Alarmingly good' Metro 'Striding with open hearted zest and eloquence between fiction (from EM Forster to David Foster Wallace) and travel, movies and comedy, family and community in a self-portrait that charts the evolution of a formidable talent. In lovely elegiac pieces on her late father Harvey, D-Day veteran and Tony Hancock fan, Smith also delivers some of the most affecting autobiographical writing in any form' Independent, Books of the Year 'Brilliant. She's friendly and conspiratorial, voicing the kind of clever theories we could imagine ourselves holding if only we were as articulate as Zadie Smith' Vogue 'Fascinating. Smith has the gift of showing you how she reads and thinks; watching her do it makes you feel smarter and more observant. Her account of her struggles as an author may be the most authentic, unglamorous description of novel-writing ever put on paper' Time Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays, Changing My Mind, and has edited a short-story collection, The Book of Other People.

  • Back on the terrain of NW, The Embassy of Cambodia is another remarkable work of fiction from Zadie Smith.

    'The fact is, if we followed the history of every little country in the world -- in its dramatic as well as its quiet times -- we would have no space left in which to live our own lives or apply ourselves to our necessary tasks, never mind indulge in occasional pleasures, like swimming . . . ' First published this Spring in the New Yorker, The Embassy of Cambodia is a rare and brilliant story that takes us deep into the life of a young woman, Fatou, domestic servant to the Derawals and escapee from one set of hardships to another.

    Beginning and ending outside the Embassy of Cambodia, which happens to be located in Willesden, NW London, Zadie Smith's absorbing, moving and wryly observed story suggests how the apparently small things in an ordinary life always raise larger, more extraordinary questions.

    Praise for NW:

    'A triumph . . .modern London is explored in a dazzling portrait . . . every sentence sings' Guardian 'Intensely funny, richly varied, always unexpected. A joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece. No better English novel will be published this year' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph 'Absolutely brilliant . . . So electrically authentic, it reads like surveillance transcripts' Lev Grossman, TIME Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. She is the author of the novels NW, White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty, and of a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People.

  • Anglais NW

    Zadie Smith

    Twenty-first century London: rich and poor, black and white, joyful and melancholy, boring and deviant--occasionally lethal.Somewhere in the northwest of the city stands the Caldwell housing estate, a relic of '70s urban planning. Leah, an administrator for the lottery, grew up there. So did her best friend, Natalie, now a barrister, and Felix, an MG car mechanic.Thirty years later these Caldwell kids and their partners live only a few streets apart, yet inhabit separate worlds. Until the day a desperate local woman comes to Leah's door seeking help--and forces Leah out of her isolation. But is Shar a stranger or a friend? Sincere or a fraud? A connection to the past or a threat to the future?From private dinner tables to public parks, at work and at play, in this delicate but devastating novel of encounters Zadie Smith's Londoners find themselves navigating an increasingly atomized society. For some the city remains a place of happy accidents and chance good fortune, while for others it is darker terrain in which the main streets hide the back alleys, and taking the high road can sometimes lead to a dead end. NW brilliantly depicts this modern urban zone--familiar to city dwellers everywhere--in a tragicomic novel as mercurial as the city itself.

  • How did George Eliot's love life affect her prose? Why did Kafka write at three in the morning? In what ways is Barack Obama like Eliza Doolittle? What is Italian feminism? If Roland Barthes killed the author, can Nabokov revive him? Is Date Movie the worst film ever made? Split into five sections -"Reading," "Being," "Seeing," "Feeling," and "Remembering"- Changing My Mind finds Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over material both personal and cultural. This engaging collection of essays reveals Smith as a passionate and precise essayist, equally at home in the world of great books and bad movies, family and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. Whether writing of Obama, Katharine Hepburn, Kafka, Anna Magnani, or David Foster Wallace, she brings a practitioner's care to the art of criticism, with a style as sympathetic as it is insightful.

  • Anglais Swing Time

    Zadie Smith

    An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from northwest London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty
    Two brown girls dream of being dancers--but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, about what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
    Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Swing Time

    Zadie Smith

    An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty
    Two brown girls dream of being dancers--but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
    Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.
    But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey--the same twists, the same shakes--and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Swing Time

    Zadie Smith

    LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
    'Smith's finest. Extraordinary, truly marvellous' Observer
    'Superb' Financial Times 'Breathtaking' TLS 'Pitch-perfect' Daily Telegraph
    'A tale of two girls who meet in a West London dance class... A page-turner that's also beautifully written ' Glamour
    'There is still no better chronicler of the modern British family than Zadie Smith' Telegraph
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2017
    A dazzlingly exuberant new novel moving from north west London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty
    Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten either.Bursting with energy, rhythm and movement, Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it . . .

  • Anglais On Beauty

    Zadie Smith

    Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful? Set in New England mainly and London partly, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families--the Belseys and the Kippses--and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kippses, the confusions--both personal and political--of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family.

  • Anglais Feel Free

    Zadie Smith

    The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, bestselling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays
    No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for the unstoppable Zadie Smith. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has boundless curiosity and the boundless wit to match. In Feel Free, pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with a deep humanity and compassion. This electrifying new collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again her credentials as an essential voice of her generation.

  • Transcription d'un discours livré à Berlin le 10 novembre dernier, au moment où Zadie Smith recevait le prix littéraire Welt 2016. Considéré dans ce texte, traduit par Fanny Britt: La nature humaine et la réversibilité du progrès. La naïveté supposée des écrivains. Le multiculturalisme et son soi-disant échec. L'apparition sur la scène politique d'une forme quelque peu mélancolique de voyage dans le temps.

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