Martin Amis

in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, The United Kingdom
August 25, 1949




Martin Amis is an English novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His works include the novels Money, London Fields and The Information.

The Guardian writes that "all his critics have noted what Kingsley Amis [his father] complained of as a 'terrible compulsive vividness in his style... that constant demonstrating of his command of English'; and it's true that the Amis-ness of Amis will be recognisable in any piece before he reaches his first full stop."

Amis's raw material is what he sees as the absurdity of the postmodern condition with its grotesque caricatures. He has thus sometimes been portrayed as the undisputed master of what the New York Times has called "the new unpleasantness."

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Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike – archive, 17 January 1982

In the second of a new series of reviews from the Observer archive, Martin Amis marvels at the third instalment of John Updike’s ‘Rabbit’ series

The great postwar American writer John Updike won two Pulitzer prizes for the Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom tetralogy. In a 2009 tribute to his hero, Martin Amis wrote that Updike “took the novel onto another plane of i

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3.70 avg rating — 23,328 ratings — published 1984 — 63 editions
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Time's Arrow

3.71 avg rating — 15,030 ratings — published 1991 — 53 editions
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London Fields

3.71 avg rating — 10,822 ratings — published 1989 — 66 editions
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The Rachel Papers

3.58 avg rating — 9,489 ratings — published 1973 — 47 editions
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The Information

3.51 avg rating — 6,800 ratings — published 1995 — 46 editions
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Dead Babies

3.32 avg rating — 6,910 ratings — published 1975 — 26 editions
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Night Train

3.25 avg rating — 5,202 ratings — published 1997 — 55 editions
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Experience: A Memoir

3.88 avg rating — 3,119 ratings — published 2000 — 31 editions
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Lionel Asbo: State of England

3.33 avg rating — 4,113 ratings — published 2012 — 44 editions
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The Zone of Interest

3.69 avg rating — 3,734 ratings — published 2014 — 47 editions
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“Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black.”
Martin Amis, The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11

“Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.”
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“And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.”
Martin Amis, London Fields


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