The Moronic Inferno: And Other Visits to America

The Moronic Inferno: And Other Visits to America

by Martin Amis
     
 

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With mixed feelings of wonder and trepidation, the brilliant British writer Martin Amis approaches America and introduces this sharp and thoroughly stimulating collection of "American" pieces. From Claus von Bulow to the New Evangelists, little escapes Amis' curiosity.  See more details below

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With mixed feelings of wonder and trepidation, the brilliant British writer Martin Amis approaches America and introduces this sharp and thoroughly stimulating collection of "American" pieces. From Claus von Bulow to the New Evangelists, little escapes Amis' curiosity.

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Library Journal
Using an engaging tone in which disdain and affection appear equally mixed, Amis looks at some of the more glittering facets of American fashionability. About half the essays are on writers (Bellow, Capote, Didion, etc.); the rest, seemingly scatter shots at the American scene, skip from film makers to feminism, from the New Right to AIDS. Although Inferno is a selection of occasional pieces, it is disproportionately weighted to the freakish fringe (Hefner, Claus von Bulow) and thus bestows a symbolic importance on such figures that is simply incommensurate with reality. British readers will make of this what they will; American readers, at the least, can take an amused delight in Amis's performanceespecially in the sequence of arch figure-eights and ironic reverse-spins that he cuts on the glitzy surface of our times. Earl Rovit, English Dept., City Coll . , CUNY
From the Publisher
“Martin Amis’s America is funny and horrific.”
The Times

“As a foreign journalist-cum-essayist on America, Mr. Amis has no equal.”
The Economist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780224023856
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
12/27/1987
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

Martin Amis is the author of nine novels, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction. His most recent novel is Yellow Dog published by Vintage Canada.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Oxford, England
Date of Birth:
August 25, 1949
Place of Birth:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Exeter College, Oxford

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