Other People: A Mystery Story

Other People: A Mystery Story

by Martin Amis
     
 

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She wakes in an emergency room in a London hospital, to a voice that tells her: "You're on your own now. Take care. Be good." She has no knowledge of her name, her past, or even her species. It takes her a while to realize that she is human — and that the beings who threaten, befriend, and violate her are other people. Some of whom seem to know

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She wakes in an emergency room in a London hospital, to a voice that tells her: "You're on your own now. Take care. Be good." She has no knowledge of her name, her past, or even her species. It takes her a while to realize that she is human — and that the beings who threaten, befriend, and violate her are other people. Some of whom seem to know all about her.

In this eerie, blackly funny, and sometimes disorienting novel, Martin Amis gives us a mystery that is as ambitious as it is intriguing, an investigation of a young woman's violent extinction that also traces her construction of a new and oddly innocent self.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Powerful and electrifying... Other People is a metaphysical thriller, Kafka reshot in the style of Psycho." — J. G. Ballard

"One of the most gifted novelists of his generation." — Time

"Amis is a force unto himself... There is, quite simply, no one else like him." — Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Amis's darkly comic study of an amnesiac young woman and the construction of selfhood. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Amis (London Fields, LJ 3/1/90) here weaves a tale of a young woman suffering from amnesia who assumes a new identity while trying to piece together the mystery of her forgotten life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679735892
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Vintage
Pages:
223
Sales rank:
706,395
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Martin Amis is the best-selling author of several books, including London Fields, Money, The Information, and, most recently, Experience. He lives in London.

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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