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Intimations : six essays

Author: Zadie Smith
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Books, [2020] ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Deeply personal and powerfully moving, a short and timely series of reflective essays by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time. Written during the early months of lockdown, Intimations explores ideas and questions prompted by an unprecedented situation. What does it mean to submit to a new reality--or to resist it? How do we compare relative sufferings? What is the relationship between  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zadie Smith
ISBN: 9780593297612 059329761X 9780593297629 0593297628 9780241492383 0241492386
OCLC Number: 1159774028
Description: xii, 97 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Peonies --
The American Exception --
Something to Do --
Suffering like Mel Gibson --
Screengrabs (After Berger, before the virus): A man with strong hands ; A character in a wheelchair in the vestibule ; A woman with a little dog ; A hovering young man ; An elder at the 98 bus stop ; A provocation in the park ; Postscript : Contempt as a virus --
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"Deeply personal and powerfully moving, a short and timely series of reflective essays by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time. Written during the early months of lockdown, Intimations explores ideas and questions prompted by an unprecedented situation. What does it mean to submit to a new reality--or to resist it? How do we compare relative sufferings? What is the relationship between time and work? In our isolation, what do other people mean to us? How do we think about them? What is the ratio of contempt to compassion in a crisis? When an unfamiliar world arrives, what does it reveal about the world that came before it? Suffused with a profound intimacy and tenderness in response to these extraordinary times, Intimations is a slim, suggestive volume with a wide scope, in which Zadie Smith clears a generous space for thought, open enough for each reader to reflect on what has happened--and what should come next."--

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As well as offering a new guide to living in a wild, messy and unfair world, Smith provides a reminder that we can use this crisis to imagine a better one * Evening Standard * Smith has the gift that Read more...

 
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