Other People: A Mystery Story

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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...

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Overview

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.

What an amnesiac young woman discovers about her violently erased past is only one of the riddles in this eerie, blackly funny, and sometimes disorienting novel by the author of London Fields. Amis offers a revealing look at how someone with no memory constructs a self in a dangerous world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679735892
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: Vintage
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 1,186,686
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2001

    This Book Was FANTASTIC

    Other People:A Mystery Story was very interesting, and it captures you from the first page. Although some parts were rather disturbing, and eerie, over all this was a fabulous book. The first time reading it was a bit confusing, but it all pieces together like a jig-saw puzzle. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have, and if you have not read this, i highly reccomend it! You'll love it!

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