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Encyclopedia > Russell Smith

Russell C. Smith (born 1963 in South Africa) is a Canadian novelist. He also has a column in the Globe and Mail newspaper where he writes about Canadian culture and the arts scene in Toronto.


Smith is one of Canada's most famous "urban" novelists; that is, unlike the traditional perception of Canadian literature as being about predominantly rural settings and themes, Smith writes specifically about big city life.


Fairly or not, this has led some critics to label him a shallow writer, more concerned with chronicling clothing labels and nightclub drinks than with articulating grand, complex themes. Smith's defenders, on the other hand, point out that Smith's fiction reflects the day-to-day reality of many young professional Canadians' lives more closely than many other Canadian writers.


Works

  • How Insensitive - 1994 (nominated for a Governor General's Award)
  • Noise - 1998
  • Young Men - 1999
  • The Princess and the Whiskheads - 2002
  • Diana: A Diary in the Second Person - 2002
  • Muriella Pent - 2004

External link

  • Russell Smith's website (http://www.russellsmith.ca)
  • An interview with Russell Smith (http://www.goodreports.net/rsmith.htm)

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Russell Smith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (170 words)
Russell C. Smith (born 1963 in South Africa) is a Canadian novelist.
Smith is one of Canada's most famous "urban" novelists; that is, unlike the traditional perception of Canadian literature as being about predominantly rural settings and themes, Smith writes specifically about big city life.
Smith's defenders, on the other hand, point out that Smith's fiction reflects the day-to-day reality of many young professional Canadians' lives more closely than many other Canadian writers.
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