Zadie Smith Quote on Role of Books/Literature in Human Empathy
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Asked by: elizabethames-ga
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30 Oct 2006 21:26 PST
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Question ID: 778684
I am searching for a particular quote about writing/the nature of fiction that I believe comes from Zadie Smith. I encountered it recently, but am not sure whether it was in print or on line. In my own searches, I feel I have been unable to find this quote as the terms I am using are so broad and yield so many results. She said something to the effect of: the great thing about literature/fiction/stories/books is that they convince us that other people are actually real. The quote illustrated the way that stories help us see that we're not the only "real" people in the world. Obviously, she may have used other words (other people are actually as human as we are) but that is the gist of it. I have a feeling that the quote came from some sort of speech or address she recently gave, but that could be mistaken. I feel that I'm hitting a brick wall here, and was hoping to use this quote for a piece of writing I'm turning in tomorrow morning. If any one can find this quote quickly I would be endlessly grateful. Thanks for your help!
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Re: Zadie Smith Quote on Role of Books/Literature in Human Empathy
From: rainbow-ga on 30 Oct 2006 23:16 PST
Here are two quotes I was able to find. One is by Zadie Smith and one is about Zadie Smith: "That is the biggest treat of fiction that nobody ever really admits to -- that every character is just a little bit of you." ~ Zadie Smith http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/13/AR2005111301299_2.html?referrer=emailarticle About Zadie Smith: "It truly shows incredible gift when someone is capable of inventing and describing convincing characters, people you almost believe are real. Zadie Smith portrays them good and bad but not in that forced way..." http://www.souzek.com/dinka/ I hope that helps. Rainbow~
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