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1999: in una Londra post-thatcheriana, dura, violenta, ferita, tra Dickens e Blade Runner . Qui sbarca lo scrittore americano Samson Young in cerca d'ispirazione; e qui si trova di fronte, reale e in svolgimento, la storia del suo romanzo, che dunque trascrive «in presa diretta» sulle orme di un inquietante trio: Nicola Six, disperata femme fatale e per sua stessa ammissione, «figura della fantasia maschile», che si fa complice del suo omicidio; Keith Talent, truffatore e mediocre criminale con la passione del ...
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London Fields (Versione italiana)

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Overview

1999: in una Londra post-thatcheriana, dura, violenta, ferita, tra Dickens e Blade Runner . Qui sbarca lo scrittore americano Samson Young in cerca d'ispirazione; e qui si trova di fronte, reale e in svolgimento, la storia del suo romanzo, che dunque trascrive «in presa diretta» sulle orme di un inquietante trio: Nicola Six, disperata femme fatale e per sua stessa ammissione, «figura della fantasia maschile», che si fa complice del suo omicidio; Keith Talent, truffatore e mediocre criminale con la passione del gioco delle freccette, assassino designato; Guy Clinch, «l'antagonista», liquida figura dell'alta borghesia, ricco, inibito e innamorato di Nicola. Intorno a loro la Crisi segna la fine del millennio: i missili nucleari pronti per il lancio, la terra apparentemente rovesciata sul suo asse, il sole, sempre bassissimo all'orizzonte, in un clima, anche meteorologico, che profuma di estinzione.

In this wildly ambitious and funny novel, one of England's brilliant young writers relates two murders in the making. The first is the self-orchestrated extinction of Nicola Six. The second is the murder of the Earth itself, whose fate seems intricately bound up with Nicola's.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this very British tale, femme fatale Nicola Six manipulates racist, sexist scoundrel Keith Talent and well-mannered, naive Guy Clinch as an omniscient narrator/novelist spies on the trio in order to develop his book. ``Relentlessly bitter, often brutally funny, hypnotically readable, it may also be quite opaque in places to an American readership.''
Library Journal
Amis' disappointing...novel follows the machinations of promiscuous Nicola Six, a psychic who senses that she is to be murdered by one of two men she meets in a London bar. She systematically humiliates both--prole darts champ Keith and posh, ineffectual Guy--only to discover that for once her powers have misled her. Set ``at the end of the millennium'' against the background of a vaguely defined political/ecological/cosmological crisis, this novel is far longer than its thin content warrants. What can Amis have against these minimally developed characters that he devotes nearly 500 pages to demolishing them? There's disgust aplenty here--but little else. -- Grove Koger, Boise Public Library, Idaho
Library Journal
Amis' disappointing...novel follows the machinations of promiscuous Nicola Six, a psychic who senses that she is to be murdered by one of two men she meets in a London bar. She systematically humiliates both--prole darts champ Keith and posh, ineffectual Guy--only to discover that for once her powers have misled her. Set ``at the end of the millennium'' against the background of a vaguely defined political/ecological/cosmological crisis, this novel is far longer than its thin content warrants. What can Amis have against these minimally developed characters that he devotes nearly 500 pages to demolishing them? There's disgust aplenty here--but little else. -- Grove Koger, Boise Public Library, Idaho
Michiko Kakutani
A comic murder mystery, an apocalyptic satire, a scatological meditation on love and death and nuclear winter...by turns lyrical and obscene, colloquial and rhapsodic. -- The New York Times
Library Journal
Amis's (www.martinamisweb.com) darkly comic look at late 20th-century London and the despairing state of Western civilization was originally published in 1989 and is newly available on audio (the only other recording, on audiocassette, is no longer available). At the book's center are failed criminal/aspiring professional darts player Keith Talent; Guy Clinch, a rich, bored banker; Guy's son, Marmaduke, arguably the most horrendous infant in all of literature; Nicola Six, a party girl with a death wish; and the unreliable narrator, Sam Young, an American with writer's block. As these and assorted other colorful characters interact, Amis considers the not-always-fulfilled allures of love and fame. Adopting a gruff American accent, British actor Steven Pacey captures Sam's fascination with the characters' blunders and his barely concealed desire to manipulate their fates. This superb audio treatment of a great novel will appeal to those who enjoy serious fiction that attempts to encompass societal woes without being didactic. Darts fans may also be amused.—Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788858402863
  • Publisher: EINAUDI
  • Publication date: 10/7/2010
  • Language: Italian
  • Sold by: GIULIO EINAUDI EDITORE - EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Martin Amis
Martin Amis is the best-selling author of several books, including London Fields, Money, The Information, and, most recently, Experience. He lives in London.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Martin Louis Amis (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Oxford, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 25, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oxford, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., Exeter College, Oxford

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