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Zadie Smith’s “Swing Time”—a successful return to her roots

Smith goes back to the world of "White Teeth" in her most mature novel yet

By Sameer Rahim   November 2016

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Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton, £18.99)

VS Naipaul knows how hard it is to write fiction in the wake of an early success. His buoyant masterpiece A House for Mr Biswas (1961), drawing on his childhood in Trinidad, came out while he was still in his twenties. The later novels—whatever their virtues—never…

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