Zadie Smith’s Debut Game Brings Chaucer to His Beloved Northwest

Smith translated Chaucer’s Middle English into a vernacular she called “Northern Weezian”, and “Wife of Willesden” is Alvita, a Jamaican-born British woman in her mid-50s wearing fake gold chains and fake Jimmy Choo heels. . and he speaks a mixture of London slang and patois. Its story takes the form of 18th century Jamaican folklore. …