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Zadie Smith Speaks in Tongues

Posted by anandrr on February 13, 2009

Ever since White Teeth, I have loved Zadie Smith. In a beautiful essay, she riffs on immigration, cultural identity, assimilation, Pygmalion, Cary Grant and much more all in the service of understanding Obama. Of course she is talking about America and its melting pot, but she could very well be describing a rapidly globalising India. Did I mention I love her?

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One Response to “Zadie Smith Speaks in Tongues”

  1. Samir said

    What’s more curious to me are the tongues of Zadie Smith’s writings… White Teeth was free, unencumbered and multitongued. Her latest oeuvre — the book On Beauty, all the articles in the New York Review of Books (excepting the Obama one perhaps) — are stuffy, academic and completely boring. God knows what happened to her when she entered academia…

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