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Martin Amis

Martin Amis

in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, The United Kingdom
August 25, 1949




Martin Amis is an English novelist, essayist and short story writer. His works include the novels Money, London Fields and The Information.

The Guardian writes that "all his critics have noted what Kingsley Amis [his father] 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."

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."

Martin Amis isn't a Goodreads Author (yet), but he does have a blog, so here are some recent posts imported from his feed.

From the ecstatic comedy of Portnoy’s Complaint to the narrative richness of his American Trilogy, Philip Roth was a writer of genuine originality, says Martin Amis

Sarah Churchwell: How Philip Roth wrote America

As tributes pour in to Philip Roth, it is worth looking back to his early career, which was one of the strangest in American letters. Portnoy’s Complaint (1969) was my introduction to hi...

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3.70 avg rating — 17,564 ratings — published 1984 — 57 editions
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Time's Arrow

3.78 avg rating — 11,525 ratings — published 1991 — 21 editions
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London Fields

3.75 avg rating — 9,354 ratings — published 1989 — 58 editions
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The Rachel Papers

3.59 avg rating — 8,227 ratings — published 1973 — 39 editions
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Dead Babies

3.39 avg rating — 5,022 ratings — published 1975 — 26 editions
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The Information

3.61 avg rating — 4,809 ratings — published 1995 — 38 editions
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Night Train

3.24 avg rating — 3,899 ratings — published 1997 — 48 editions
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Lionel Asbo: State of England

3.32 avg rating — 3,709 ratings — published 2012 — 38 editions
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The Zone of Interest

3.70 avg rating — 3,154 ratings — published 2014 — 43 editions
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Experience: A Memoir

3.95 avg rating — 2,308 ratings — published 2000 — 29 editions
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August 2012, Martin Amis
"The British satirist sharpens his pen in a new absurdist novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England, about a hardened thug who wins an obscene amount of money in the lottery." ...More

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“Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black.”
Martin Amis, The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11

“Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.”
Martin Amis

“And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.”
Martin Amis, London Fields



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