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The Pregnant Widow

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The 1960s, as is well known, saw the launch of the sexual revolution, which radically affected the lives of every Westerner fortunate enough to be born after the Second World War. But a revolution is a revolution contingent and sanguinary. In the words of the Russian thinker Alexander Herzen- The death of the contemporary forms of social order ought to gladden ather than trouble the soul. Yet what is frightening is that what the eparting world leaves behind it is not an heir but a pregnant widow. etween the death of the one and the birth of the other, much water ill flow by, a long night of chaos and desolation will pass. In many senses, including the literal, it was a velvet revolution; but it wasn't bloodless. Nor was it complete. Even today, in 2009, the pregnancy is still in its second trimester. artin Amis, in The Pregnant Widow, takes as his control experiment a long, hot summer holiday in a castle in Italy, where half a dozen young lives are afloat on the sea change of 1970. The result is a tragicomedy of manners, combining the wit of Money with the historical sense of Time's Arrow and House of Meetings.
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Amis on top form. An intoxicating comedy about youth, the 1970s, the sexual revolution and its aftermath.

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Martin Amis is the author of eleven previous novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction, most recently The Second Plane. He lives in London.


"No one better understands the cosmic joke that is humanity. Nor is anyone as funny telling it" -- Andrew Anthony * Observer * "One of the funniest books I've read in a long time" -- Mariella Frostrup * Psychologies * "Read it: it is hilarious, often wonderfully perceptive, uncompromisingly ambitious and written by a great master of the English language" -- Justin Cartwright * Financial Times * "Moving and humane... I love this novel... It is beautifully achieved, cunningly relaxed, and reveals considerable emotional depth" -- Philip Hensher * Daily Telegraph * "The best novelist of his generation" * Independent *

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