Friday, April 12, 2024

Martin Amis Lets His Readers in on the Joke


These books are so hilarious that they don’t need to delve deep, yet they do. london grounds Through the participation of Keith Tallent and Nice Idiot Guy Clinch, as nuclear war looms follows the story of femme fatale Nicola Six, who attempts to execute her own assassination. The ridiculous premise gets you through the door, but once you’re inside, there are rewards like:

The boy always thought that this was the life he was looking for. But it must have been death – or death awareness. Death candor. I get it, he thought. It is low, it is grave, it is beautiful, it is poor; It totally deserves every accolade, every adjective you want to name.

Amis also wrote in registers other than comic. arrow of time, Which was shortlisted for the Booker in 1991, it’s a formally clever book about the Holocaust (it’s told in retrospect). area of ​​interest, Published in 2014 and set in a concentration camp, Seriously is excellent. In 2002, he published Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million, A non-fiction book about Stalin that oddly doubles as an attack on Christopher Hitchens. His most openly political writing was his worst; I would not recommend anything they wrote in response to 9/11, He also wrote criticism, although as he got older he stopped commenting in an interview with Independent that “insulting people in print is the fault of the youth.”

Amis’s takeaway was that people are gross. They’re rude, they’re petty. They are lazy. No one wants to say it, because it’s rude and traps us all.

Some of Amis’ fans are intrigued by her personal life, which was certainly gossip-worthy. he once famous changed his teeth, He once famously demanded an $800k advance in order to annoy Julian Barnes. He once famously left one woman for another. He chatted with a sort of glitzy, hedonistic clique of brilliant writers (Barnes, Rushdie, McEwan, Hitchens). She had a famously contentious relationship with her famously controversial father.