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Heavy Water: And Other Stories

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Publisher Comments:

"Martin Amis is a stone-solid genius...a dazzling star of wit and insight." --The Wall Street Journal

In this wickedly delightful collection of stories, Martin Amis once again demonstrates why he is a modern master of the form. In "Career Move," screenwriters struggle for their art, while poets are the darlings of Hollywood. In "Straight Fiction," the love that dare not speak its name calls out to the hero when he encounters a forbidden object of desire--the opposite sex. And in "State of England," Mal, a former "minder to the superstars," discovers how to live in a country where "class and race and gender were supposedly gone."

In Heavy Water and Other Stories, Amis astonishes us with the vast range of his talent, establishing that he is one of the most versatile and gifted writers of his generation.

Review:

"You either love him or hate him. The nine stories presented here are as meticulously crafted as anything Amis has written, but they are also as mean-spirited in that oh-so-clever British way of his. He seems to delight in generating intense interest in his characters, then patronizing them—and, it seems, readers who identify with them. 'Let Me Count the Times,' for instance, offers a portrait of a married man who becomes obsessed with masturbation. Other stories show Amis playing one of his favorite tricks, creating a world in which everything runs counter to our expectations. In 'Straight Fiction,' homosexuality is the norm and straight people form an oppressed minority. In 'Career Move,' poets are flown first-class to Hollywood to make million-dollar deals, while screenwriters struggle in near-oblivion for publication in obscure journals. Amis fans will love it, but the rest of us aren't likely to be converted." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

About the Author

Martin Amis lives in London.

Table of Contents

Career move — Denton's death — State of England — Let me count the times — Coincidence of the arts — Heavy water — Janitor on Mars — Straight fiction — What happened to me on my holiday.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375701153
Author:
Amis, Martin
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
England
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
England Social life and customs.
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;short stories;20th century;british;literature;stories;anthology;short fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
#104
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x .48 in .5 lb

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