Inside Story

Inside Story had its birth in the death of Martin Amis's closest friend, the incomparable Christopher Hitchens, and it is within that profound and sprawling friendship that the novel unfurls.

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

ISBN: 0593318293

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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From one of the most highly acclaimed writers at work today: his most intimate and epic work yet--an autobiographical novel of sex and love, family and friendship. Inside Story had its birth in the death of Martin Amis's closest friend, the incomparable Christopher Hitchens, and it is within that profound and sprawling friendship that the novel unfurls. From their early days as young magazine staffers in London, reviewing romantic entanglements and the latest literary gossip (not to mention ideas, books, and where to lunch), Hitchens was Martin's wingman and adviser, especially in the matter of the alluringly amoral Phoebe Phelps--an obsession Martin must somehow put behind him if he is ever to find love, marriage, a plausible run at happiness. Other significant figures competing as Martin's main influencers are his father, Kingsley, his hero Saul Bellow, the weirdly self-finessing poet Philip Larkin, and significant literary women from Iris Murdoch to Elizabeth Jane Howard. Moving among these greats to set his own path, Martin's quest is a tender, witty exploration of the hardest questions: how to live, how to grieve, and how to die. Along the way, he surveys the horrors of the twentieth century, and the still-unfolding impact of the 9/11 attacks on the twenty-first--and considers what all of this has taught him about how to be a writer. The result is a love letter to life--and to the people in his life--that achieves a new level of confidentiality with his readers, giving us the previously unseen portrait of his extraordinary world.

Inside Story

" --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times This novel had its birth in the death of Martin Amis's closest friend, the incomparable Christopher Hitchens, and it is within that profound and sprawling friendship that Inside Story unfurls.

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 059331171X

Category:

Page: 320

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"The Mick Jagger of literature . . . Amis is the most dazzling prose stylist in post-war British fiction." --Mick Brown, The Daily Telegraph "[A] charismatic compound of fact and fiction . . . Martin Amis has retained the power to surprise." --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times From one of the most highly acclaimed writers at work today: his most intimate and epic work yet--an autobiographical novel of sex and love, family and friendship. This novel had its birth in the death of Martin Amis's closest friend, the incomparable Christopher Hitchens, and it is within that profound and sprawling friendship that Inside Story unfurls. From their early days as young magazine staffers in London, reviewing romantic entanglements and the latest literary gossip (not to mention ideas, books, and where to lunch), Hitch was Amis's wingman and adviser, especially in the matter of the alluringly amoral Phoebe Phelps--an obsession Amis must somehow put behind him if he is ever to find love, marriage, a plausible run at happiness. Other figures competing as Amis's main influencers are his literary fathers--Kingsley, of course; his hero Saul Bellow; the weirdly self-finessing poet Philip Larkin--and his significant literary mothers, including Iris Murdoch and Elizabeth Jane Howard. Moving among these greats to set his own path, Amis's quest is a tender, witty exploration of the hardest questions: how to live, how to grieve, and how to die. In search of his answers, he surveys the horrors of the twentieth century, and the still-unfolding impact of the 9/11 attacks on the twenty-first--and considers what all of this has taught him about how to be a writer. The result is a love letter to life--and to the people in his life--that achieves a new level of confidentiality with his readers, giving us the previously unseen portrait of his extraordinary world.

The Information

Once close friends, writers Gwyn Barry and Richard Tull now find themselves in fierce competition.

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446401828

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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Once close friends, writers Gwyn Barry and Richard Tull now find themselves in fierce competition. While Tull has spiralled into a mire of literary obscurity and belletristic odd jobs, Barry’s atrocious attempts at novels have brought him untold success. Prizes, prestige and wealth abound, and from far below Tull can only watch, stewing in torment. Until, that is, resentment turns to revenge. Consumed by the question of how one writer can really hurt another, Tull’s quest for an answer will unleash increasingly violent urges on both writers’ lives. ‘A funny, vicious portrait of literary London’ Evening Standard

Vintage Amis

Furnishing a thoughtful introduction to the work of acclaimed author Martin Amis, this entertaining anthology features an excerpt from his memoir Experience, the "Horrorday" chapter from London Fields, the stories "State of England" and ...

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: UOM:39015060073130

Category: Fiction

Page: 197

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Furnishing a thoughtful introduction to the work of acclaimed author Martin Amis, this entertaining anthology features an excerpt from his memoir Experience, the "Horrorday" chapter from London Fields, the stories "State of England" and "Insight at Flam Lake," and such essays as "Visiting Mrs. Nabokov" and "Phantom of the Opera," among others. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Martin Amis

This guide deals with Amis's themes, genre and narrative technique, and a close reading of the texts will provide a rich source of ideas for intelligent and inventive ways of approaching the novels.

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Author: Jonathan Noakes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448139163

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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In Vintage Living Texts, teachers and students will find the essential guide to the works of Martin Amis. Vintage Living Texts is unique in that it offers an in-depth interview with Martin Amis, relating specifically to the texts under discussion. This guide deals with Amis's themes, genre and narrative technique, and a close reading of the texts will provide a rich source of ideas for intelligent and inventive ways of approaching the novels.

Father and Son

Through intertextual readings of their essays and novels, Gavin Keulks examines how the Amises’ work negotiated the boundaries of their personal relationship while claiming territory in the literary debate between mimesis and modernist ...

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Author: Gavin Keulks

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299192143

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

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An innovative study of two of England’s most popular, controversial, and influential writers, Father and Son breaks new ground in examining the relationship between Kingsley Amis and his son, Martin Amis. Through intertextual readings of their essays and novels, Gavin Keulks examines how the Amises’ work negotiated the boundaries of their personal relationship while claiming territory in the literary debate between mimesis and modernist aesthetics. Theirs was a battle over the nature of reality itself, a twentieth-century realism war conducted by loving family members and rival, antithetical writers. Keulks argues that the Amises’ relationship functioned as a source of literary inspiration and that their work illuminates many of the structural and stylistic shifts that have characterized the British novel since 1950.

Time s Arrow

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 'Amis's most daring and ambitious novel' Daily Telegraph

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446401408

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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Tod. T. Friendly is living his life backwards. Doctor Friendly has just died, but after weeks of improving in the hospital, he is sent home to his affable, melting-pot, primary-colour existence in suburban America. From the fresh-cut lawns of his retirement to the hustle of New York, and then the boat back to war-torn Europe, Friendly carries with him a secret. Trapped in his body from grave to cradle, Friendly’s consciousness can only watch as he struggles to make sense of the good doctor’s most ambitious project yet – the final solution. SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 'Amis's most daring and ambitious novel' Daily Telegraph

Experience

Experience, the book of his life, may be the book of his life' Daily Telegraph **ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY** In this remarkable work of autobiography, the son of the great comic novelist Kingsley Amis explores ...

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446401453

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 548

'Martin Amis is a seriously good writer, and never on better form than now. Experience, the book of his life, may be the book of his life' Daily Telegraph **ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY** In this remarkable work of autobiography, the son of the great comic novelist Kingsley Amis explores his relationship with his father and writes about the various crises of Kingsley's life, including the final one of his death. Amis also reflects on the life and legacy of his cousin, Lucy Partington, who disappeared without trace in 1973 and was exhumed twenty years later from the basement of Frederick West, one of Britain's most prolific serial murderers.

Night Train

A female detective named Mike Hoolihan investigates the murder of her commanding officer's daughter, whose death was staged to look like a suicide

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Vintage Books

ISBN: 0375701141

Category: Fiction

Page: 175

View: 615

A female detective named Mike Hoolihan investigates the murder of her commanding officer's daughter, whose death was staged to look like a suicide

Martin Amis

Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Martin Amis and seeking not only a guide to his works but also a way through the wealth of contextual and critical ...

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Author: Brian Finney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136015342

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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Booker-shortlisted for Time's Arrow and widely known for his novels, short stories, essays, reviews, and autobiographical works, Martin Amis is one of the most influential of contemporary British writers. This guide to Amis's diverse and often controversial work offers: an accessible introduction to the contexts and many interpretations of his texts, from publication to the present an introduction to key critical texts and perspectives on Amis's life and work, situated within a broader critical history cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism suggestions for further reading. Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Martin Amis and seeking not only a guide to his works but also a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds them.

London Fields

Cursed with premonitions since childhood, Nicola forsees her own murder, and sets out to make the two most likely suspects pay in advance for what one of them is going to do to her

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679730346

Category: Fiction

Page: 470

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Cursed with premonitions since childhood, Nicola forsees her own murder, and sets out to make the two most likely suspects pay in advance for what one of them is going to do to her

Yellow Dog

If, in the 21st century, the moral reality is changing, then the novel is changing too, whether it likes it or not. Yellow Dog is a model of how the novel, or more particularly the comic novel, can respond to this transformation.

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101910276

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Brilliant, painful, dazzling, and funny as hell, Yellow Dog is Martin Amis’ highly anticipated first novel in seven years and a stunning return to the fictional form. When “dream husband” Xan Meo is vengefully assaulted in the garden of a London pub, he suffers head injury, and personality change. Like a spiritual convert, the familial paragon becomes an anti-husband, an anti-father. He submits to an alien moral system -- one among many to be found in these pages. We are introduced to the inverted worlds of the “yellow” journalist, Clint Smoker; the high priest of hardmen, Joseph Andrews; and the porno tycoon, Cora Susan. Meanwhile, we explore the entanglements of Henry England: his incapacitated wife, Pamela; his Chinese mistress, He Zhezun; his fifteen-year-old daughter, Victoria, the victim of a filmed “intrusion” that rivets the world -- because she is the future Queen of England, and her father, Henry IX, is its King. The connections between these characters provide the pattern and drive of Yellow Dog. If, in the 21st century, the moral reality is changing, then the novel is changing too, whether it likes it or not. Yellow Dog is a model of how the novel, or more particularly the comic novel, can respond to this transformation. But Martin Amis is also concerned here with what is changeless and perhaps unchangeable. Patriarchy, and the entire edifice of masculinity; the enormous category-error of violence, arising between man and man; the tortuous alliances between men and women; and the vanished dream (probably always an illusion, but now a clear delusion) that we can protect our future and our progeny. Meo heard no footsteps; what he heard was the swish, the shingly soft-shoe of the hefted sap. Then the sharp two-finger prod on his shoulder. It wasn’t meant to happen like this. They expected him to turn and he didn’t turn -- he half-turned, then veered and ducked. So the blow intended merely to break his cheekbone or his jawbone was instead received by the cranium, that spacey bulge (in this instance still quite marriageably forested) where so many delicate and important powers are so trustingly encased. He crashed, he crunched to his knees, in obliterating defeat. . . . -- from Yellow Dog

The War Against Cliche

Is there anything that Martin Amis can’t write about?

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101910252

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 528

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Is there anything that Martin Amis can’t write about? In this virtuosic, career-spanning collection he takes on James Joyce and Elvis Presley, Nabokov and English football, Jane Austen and Penthouse Forum, William Burroughs and Hillary Clinton. But above all, Amis is concerned with literature, and with the deadly cliches–not only of the pen, but of the mind and the heart. In The War Against Cliché, Amis serves up fresh assessments of the classics and plucks neglected masterpieces off their dusty shelves. He tilts with Cervantes, Dickens and Milton, celebrates Bellow, Updike and Elmore Leonard, and deflates some of the most bloated reputations of the past three decades. On every page Amis writes with jaw-dropping felicity, wit, and a subversive brilliance that sheds new light on everything he touches.

Martin Amis Postmodernism and Beyond

This is the first collection of essays ever published on Martin Amis, one of England's most controversial and critically acclaimed authors.

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Author: G. Keulks

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230598478

Category: Fiction

Page: 241

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This is the first collection of essays ever published on Martin Amis, one of England's most controversial and critically acclaimed authors. It assembles the ideas of twelve scholars from different countries to clarify the major trends and transitions in Amis's work. The essays will become an authoritative resource for scholars and students alike.

Trauma Studies and Literature

Starting from an interdisciplinary theoretical investigation of trauma, the book analyzes the relationship between Trauma Studies and literature.

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Author: Valentina Adami

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 3631577966

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 115

View: 384

Starting from an interdisciplinary theoretical investigation of trauma, the book analyzes the relationship between Trauma Studies and literature. In particular, it focuses on Martin Amis's novel <I>Time's Arrow, where the breakdown of chronology, coherence and predictability mimics the collapse of temporality and the crisis of truth caused by trauma in the individual's mind. Amis's novel reproduces the shocking force of trauma through a shocking narrative form in order to avoid indifference and favour an empathetic and ethically committed reaction on the part of readers. For these reasons, <I>Time's Arrow represents a significant example of trauma fiction.

The Rub of Time

The collection includes his essay on Princess Diana and a tribute to his great friend Christopher Hitchens, but at the centre of the book, perhaps inevitably, are essays on politics, and in particular the American election campaigns of 2012 ...

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446401552

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 400

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Of all the great novelists writing today, none shows the same gift as Martin Amis for writing non-fiction – his essays, literary criticism and journalism are justly acclaimed. The Rub of Time comprises superb critical pieces on Amis’s heroes Nabokov, Bellow and Larkin to brilliantly funny ruminations on sport, Las Vegas, John Travolta and the pornography industry. The collection includes his essay on Princess Diana and a tribute to his great friend Christopher Hitchens, but at the centre of the book, perhaps inevitably, are essays on politics, and in particular the American election campaigns of 2012 and 2016. One of the very few consolations of Donald Trump’s rise to power is that Martin Amis is there to write about him.

Money

The story of John Self and his insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, drugs, porn and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, it is a tale of life lived without restraint; of money and the disasters it can precipitate.

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

ISBN: UOM:39015054076289

Category: English fiction

Page: 368

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The story of John Self and his insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, drugs, porn and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, it is a tale of life lived without restraint; of money and the disasters it can precipitate. "From the Trade Paperback edition."

On Modern British Fiction

A landmark collection of essays on fiction in Britain over the last fifty years, including original contributions by the very best contemporary novelists and critics, such as Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Hilary Mantel, James Wood, Christopher ...

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Author: Zachary Leader

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199249326

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 319

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A landmark collection of essays on fiction in Britain over the last fifty years, including original contributions by the very best contemporary novelists and critics, such as Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Hilary Mantel, James Wood, Christopher Hitchens, Michael Wood, and Elaine Showalter. Arranged thematically, pieces include developing a reception in America (Amis), how fiction reviewers have dealt with the English novel (Duguid), on commissioning and editing modern fiction (Franklin), thenovel adapted for TV (Howard), modern historical fiction (Mantel), science fiction (Parrinder), crime writing (Priestman), 'Lad lit' after Lucky Jim (Showalter), and essays on Angus Wilson, Angela Carter, Iris Murdoch, Penelope Fitzgerald, V. S. Pritchett, Naipaul, and Rushdie. Edited by Zachary Leader, this is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in modern British fiction.

Einstein s Monsters

The stories in this collection form a unity and reveal a deep preoccupation: '"Einstein's Monsters" refers to nuclear weapons but also to ourselves,' writes Amis in his enlightening introductory essay, 'We are Einstein's monsters: not fully ...

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446401439

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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An ex-circus strongman, veteran of Warsaw, 1939, and Notting Hill rough-justice artist, meets his own personal holocaust and 'Einsteinian' destiny; maximum boredom and minimum love-making are advised in a 2020 epidemic; a virulent new strain of schizophrenia overwhelms the young son of a 'father of the nuclear age'; evolution takes a rebarbative turn in a Kafkaesque love story; and the history of the earth is frankly discussed by one who has witnessed it all. The stories in this collection form a unity and reveal a deep preoccupation: '"Einstein's Monsters" refers to nuclear weapons but also to ourselves,' writes Amis in his enlightening introductory essay, 'We are Einstein's monsters: not fully human, not for now.'

The Rachel Papers

In his uproarious first novel Martin Amis, author of the bestselling London Fields, gave us one of the most noxiously believable -- and curiously touching -- adolescents ever to sniffle and lust his way through the pages of contemporary ...

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Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Vintage Classics

ISBN: 0099503875

Category: Chick Lit

Page: 224

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In his uproarious first novel Martin Amis, author of the bestselling London Fields, gave us one of the most noxiously believable -- and curiously touching -- adolescents ever to sniffle and lust his way through the pages of contemporary fiction. On the brink of twenty, Charles High-way preps desultorily for Oxford, cheerfully loathes his father, and meticulously plots the seduction of a girl named Rachel -- a girl who sorely tests the mettle of his cynicism when he finds himself falling in love with her.