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By Zadie Smith

A stellar host of writers discover the cornerstone of fiction writing: character

The booklet of different People is set personality. Twenty-five or so extraordinary writers were requested by way of Zadie Smith to make up a fictional personality. via any degree, developing personality is on the center of the fictitious firm, and this e-book concentrates on writers who proportion a expertise for making anything recognizably human out of phrases (and, relating to the photo novelists, pictures). however the function of the publication is style: instantly "realism"-if the sort of factor exists-is now not the purpose. There are as many ways to create personality as there are writers, and this anthology incorporates a wealthy collection of remarkable examples.

The writers featured in The ebook of different People include:
Aleksandar Hemon
Nick Hornby
Hari Kunzru
Toby Litt
David Mitchell
George Saunders
Colm Tóibín
Chris Ware, and extra

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