A master not only of fiction but also of fiercely controversial political engagement, Amis gathers 14 pieces that constitute an evolving, provocative, and insightful examination of the most momentous event of our time.A master not only of fiction but also of fiercely controversial political engagement, Amis gathers 14 pieces that constitute an evolving, provocative, and insightful examination of the most momentous event of our time.Read Less
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; Knopf Hardcover with Jacket Very Good/Very Good. Black close weave cloth silver titled on spine. Square, sharp corners, small remainder dot on lower page edges. Jacket black and blue with photograph: World Trade Center, South Tower Burning, September 11, 2001 (detail) by Rob Howard. Very light edgewear else Fine. Here are fourteen pieces that constitute the evolving, provocative, and insightful examination of the most momentous event of our time by one of the most astute writers living. Alfred A. Knopf, NY; 2008 First North American Edition, First Printing. 5.75" x 8.5", x, 204pp.
Very Good in Fine jacket. Size: ; Alfred A. Knopf black cloth Hardcover with Dust Jacket. VG/VG. First North American Edition. Red Remainder dot on lower text block. Essays and two short stories that provocatively exam the most momentous event of our time. Black and blue jacket with white lettering; slight scuffing, crease at upper edge. An informed, elegant, surprising collection of the relentless, manifold dangers we suddenly find ourselves living with. (jacket) New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008 First North American Edition. 5.75" x 8.5" tall; ' 211 pp.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Stated first North American edition. Fourteen socio-political essays related to 09/11 and terrorism. Book unread, near new. DJ likewise near new with a few scratches. 211 pp.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-02-18 These chronologically ordered essays and stories on the September 11 attacks proceed from initial bewilderment to coruscating contempt for radical Islam. Novelist Amis (House of Meetings) rejects all religious belief as "without reason and without dignity" and condemns "Islamism" as an especially baleful variant. Amis attacks Islamism's tenets as "[a]nti-Semitic, anti-liberal, anti-individualist, anti-democratic" and characterizes its adherents, from founding ideologue Sayyid Qutb to the ordinary suicide bomber, as sexually frustrated misogynists entranced by a "cult of death." He also takes swipes at Bush and the Iraq war, which he describes as botched and tragically counterproductive, if well intentioned, but scorns those who draw a moral equivalence between Western misdeeds and the jihadist agenda. Amis's concerns are cultural and aesthetic as well as existential: terrorism threatens a reign of "boredom" in the guise of tedious airport security protocols, pedantic conspiracy theories and the dogma-shackled "dependent mind" fostered by Islamist theocracy. As much as Amis's opinions are scathing, blunt and occasionally strident, his prose is subtle, elegant and witty-and certainly never boring. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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