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Martin Amis

(Martin Louis Amis)
UK flag (1949 - 2023)
Son of Kingsley Amis, husband of Isabel Fonseca

Martin Amis was an English novelist, essayist and short story writer, the son of writer Kingsley Amis. His works include such novels as London Fields (1989) and The Information (1995). Amis's raw material is what he sees as the absurdity of the postmodern condition with its grotesque caricatures. He has thus sometimes been portrayed as the undisputed master of what the New York Times has called "the new unpleasantness."

The Guardian writes that "all his critics have noted what Kingsley Amis complained of as a 'terrible compulsive vividness in his style ... that constant demonstrating of his command of English'; and it's true that the Amis-ness of Amis will be recognisable in any piece before he reaches his first full stop."

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Rachel Papers (1973)
   Dead Babies (1975)
     aka Dark Secrets
   Success (1978)
   Other People (1981)
   Money (1984)
   London Fields (1989)
   Time's Arrow (1991)
   The Information (1995)
   Night Train (1997)
   Yellow Dog (2003)
   The Pregnant Widow (2010)
   Lionel Asbo (2012)
   The Zone of Interest (2014)
   Inside Story (2020)
   Einstein's Monsters (1987)
   Two Stories (1994)
   God's Dice (1995)
   Heavy Water (1998)
   Vintage Amis (2004)
   House of Meetings (2006)
Novellas and Short Stories
Non fiction show
Omnibus editions show
Martin Amis recommends
Latest Readings (2015)
Clive James
"Clive James is perhaps the most original and distinctive literary critical voice of the last half-century."
Jack Holmes and His Friend (2012)
Edmund White
"Edmund White has three voices. First there is the storyteller, relaxed, conversational, an anecdotalist, an inspired flaneur. Then there is the poet: on every page there lies in wait a metaphor of startling precision, an image that holds and reattracts the eye. And then there is the laic philosopher, who observes human life from the highest altitudes, held aloft by vast infusions of erudition and experience. In Jack Holmes and His Friend, White's trio is in frictionless accord."
The Sea (2005)
John Banville
"He is a master, and his prose gives continuous sensual delight."

More recommendations 

Books containing stories by Martin Amis
The Vintage Book of Amnesia (2000)
An Anthology of Writing on the Subject of Memory Loss
edited by
Jonathan Lethem
Time Travelers (1997)
Fiction in the Fourth Dimension
edited by
Peter Haining
Naked Graffiti (1996)
Erotic Tales from the Cutting Edge of Fiction
edited by
Richard Glyn Jones

More books 

Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1991) : Time's Arrow
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (1995) : The Information
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2015) : The Zone of Interest

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