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'In five cataclysmic stories Amis creates perplexing visions of a post-nuclear-holocaust world, highlighting schizophrenia, rape, brutality and suppurating despair' Daily Mail
Martin Amis is the author of nine novels, two collections of stories and five collections of non-fiction. His memoir, Experience, was published by Vintage in 2001.
Kingsley's brilliant son, author of Success and Money, among others, continues to dazzle. This collection of stories is prefaced with an essay on the nuclear threat so trenchant and irrefutable that the book is worth reading for that alone. The stories that follow all carry through the same theme: the way in which images of fire, death and pollution undermine contemporary (and future) lives. Amis himself adduces influences on these tales as various as J. G. Ballard, Kafka, Borges and Saul Bellow; whatever the sources, they're all virtuoso exercises in dread. ``Bujak and the Strong Force'' is about a Polish strongman who weakens in the face of pointless evil; ``Insight at Flame Lake'' tells a spooky story of a child's schizophrenia; ``The Little Puppy That Could'' is a brilliantly conceived vision of innocence and horror; ``The Time Disease,'' a glib, flashy postmodernist exercise, has an American tone amazingly right for a British writer, and ``The Immortals'' is a zany tale that reads like a poignant Mel Brooks, if that can be imagined. The blurb talks about Amis as being ``diabolically talented,'' and that's no exaggeration. (May 29)
"A phenomenal writer. He has style as quick and efficient as a flick-knife, and a gift for the grotesque that makes other people's nightmares look like Victorian watercolours" * Sunday Times * "Amis is first-rate; arguing inventing, demonstrating, parodying, being funny and shocking in the same breath" * Observer * "Amis's introduction to these five stories is a beautifully judged piece of polemic; a carefully reasoned emotionally charged attack on the unthinkable folly of nuclear war - an elegant, funny, moving book" * Daily Telegraph *