Thorndike Press

Intimations: Six Essays

  • Zadie Smith
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  • ISBN-10: 1432884549
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884543
  • DDC: 824
  • Shipping Weight: .65 lbs ( .29 kgs)
  • 170 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released November 2020

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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? Zadie Smith clears a generous space for thought, open enough for each reader to reflect on what has happened — and what should come next.


Customer Reviews

“An incisive collection . . . In just under 100 pages, Smith intimately captures the profundity of our current historical moment. Quietly powerful, deftly crafted essays bear witness to the contagion of suffering.” 

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Incisive and insightful . . . Smith is at her perceptive and precise best in this slim but thematically weighty volume of personal and civil reckoning.” 

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“[Smith] writes with the immediacy of a house on fire, illuminating the tumult we are collectively experiencing . . . A sharply honed, obsidian collection glowing with Smith’s insights and eloquence.”

— Booklist

“Intimations captures the uneasiness of our modern moment as Smith reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic and relates it to issues of privilege and inequity. Her urgent voice tackles everything from what becomes important during isolation to the global response to George Floyd’s killing. The author asks questions, both timely and timeless, about how we respond to crisis and suffering.”

— TIME (Best New Books of July)