Understanding Martin Amis

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Understanding Martin Amis is a comprehensive reader's guide to the novels, short stories, and nonfiction written by one of Britain's most highly acclaimed and controversial authors. Building on the first edition, published in 1995, James Diedrick draws on personal interviews, reviews, and criticism, as he maps the distinctive features of Martin Amis's imaginative landscape-the sociosexual satire of Money and Yellow Dog, the bold experimentation of Time's Arrow and Night Train, and the provocative blend of ...
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Overview

Understanding Martin Amis is a comprehensive reader's guide to the novels, short stories, and nonfiction written by one of Britain's most highly acclaimed and controversial authors. Building on the first edition, published in 1995, James Diedrick draws on personal interviews, reviews, and criticism, as he maps the distinctive features of Martin Amis's imaginative landscape-the sociosexual satire of Money and Yellow Dog, the bold experimentation of Time's Arrow and Night Train, and the provocative blend of autobiography and cultural analysis in Experience and Koba the Dread. Diedrick illustrates how Amis has reshaped the British literary landscape, expanding the stylistic and thematic range of fiction while creating forms adequate to the unsettling experience of postmodernity.
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A compact (5x7") but detailed reader's guide to Amis's novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Diedrick (English, Albion College) examines Amis's development as a writer through close analysis of his writing, from the informal trilogy of his first three novels to his 1995 novel The Information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Understand Martin Amis 1
Ch. 2 Nasty Things Are Funny: The Rachel Papers; Dead Babies; Success 28
Ch. 3 Entering the "Martian School": Other People: A Mystery Story 57
Ch. 4 I Am All You Never Had of Goods and Sex: Money: A Suicide Note 73
Ch. 5 Apocalypse Now: Einstein's Monsters; London Fields; Time's Arrow, or, The Nature of the Offense 104
Ch. 6 Amis Agonistes: The Information 143
Ch. 7 Thiz Zdrange Resizdanze: Night Train; Heavy Water and Other Stories 158
Ch. 8 Patriarchy and Its Discontents: Experience: A Memoir; Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million 180
Ch. 9 The Novelist as Critic: The Moronic Inferno; Visiting Mrs. Nabokov; The War against Cliche; Uncollected Essays and Reviews 198
Ch. 10 The Edifice of Masculinity: Yellow Dog 226
Notes 245
Bibliography 283
Index 315
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