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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446401675
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Visiting Mrs Nabokov And Other Excursions




'Amis is a fantastically fluent decoder of the modern age - he is also one of its funniest' Independent

Fuelled by innumerable cigarettes, Martin Amis provides dazzling portraits of contemporaries and mentors alike: Larkin and Rushdie; Greene and Pritchett; Ballard and Burgess and Nicholson Baker; John Updike - warts and all. Vigorously zipping across to Washington, he exposes the double-think of nuke-speak; in New Orleans the Republican Convention gets a going over. And then there's sport: he visits the world of darts and its disastrous attempt to clean itself up; dirty tricks in the world of chess; and some brisk but vicious poker with Al Alvarez and David Mamet.

Sex without Madonna, expulsion from school, a Stones gig that should have been gagged, on set with Robocop or on court with Gabriela Sabatini, this is Martin Amis at his electric best.

  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446401675
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the author

Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of fourteen novels, two collections of stories and eight works of non-fiction. His novel Time’s Arrow was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for which his subsequent novel Yellow Dog was also longlisted, and his memoir Experience won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. He lives in New York.

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Praise for Visiting Mrs Nabokov And Other Excursions

This collection reminds us of Amis's distinction and originality as a stylist

James Wood, Times Literary Supplement

Amis can out-sentence practically anyone. The firecracker returns of phrase are not just audacious, they're also accurate... Like Nabokov, Amis makes writing seem fun, serious fun

Geoff Dyer, Guardian

Amis is as talented a journalist as he is a novelist, but these essays all manifest an unusual extra quality, one that is not unlike friendship. He makes an effort; he makes readers feel that they are the only person there

Rachel Cusk, The Times

A superb journalist... It is Amis's jaunty, appalled and always avid watchfulness that makes in this collection true and truly enjoayable... Visiting Mrs Nabokov is a suitcase full of treats

John Banville, Irish Times

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