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London Fields (Versione italiana)
     

London Fields (Versione italiana)

by Martin Amis
 
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

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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 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.

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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
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788858402863
Publisher:
EINAUDI
Publication date:
10/07/2010
Sold by:
GIULIO EINAUDI EDITORE - EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Bette Pesetsky
London Fields is a virtuoso depiction of a wild and lustful society. In an age of attenuated fiction, this is a large book of comic and satirical invention. . . .Oh yes, the murder finally happens. But knowing who does it is somewhat beside the point. . . -- The New York Times

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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