In Martin Amis's short stories whole worlds are created - or inverted. In 'Straight Fiction', everyone is gay, apart from the beleaguered 'straight' community; in 'Career Move', screenplay writers submit their works to little magazines, while poets are flown first-class to Los Angeles; in 'The Janitor of Mars', a sardonic robot gives us some ...Read MoreIn Martin Amis's short stories whole worlds are created - or inverted. In 'Straight Fiction', everyone is gay, apart from the beleaguered 'straight' community; in 'Career Move', screenplay writers submit their works to little magazines, while poets are flown first-class to Los Angeles; in 'The Janitor of Mars', a sardonic robot gives us some strange news about life in the solar system. In 'Let Me Count the Times' a man has a mad affair with himself. 'Heavy Water', portrays the exhaustion of working-class culture, and 'State of England' its weird resuscitation. And in 'The Coincidence of the Arts' an English baronet becomes entangled with an African-American chess hustler.Read Less
Vintage/Random House, London, UK, 1999. 1st Edition(PB), 1st Printing, Fine, Paperback, Size=4.5"x7.", 231 pages. Clean, tight & bright. NO ink names, tears, chips etc. ISBN 0099288664 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Very Good in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 208 pp.; 22 cm. Tight, clean copy. Stated "First American Edition." Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. "Nine dazzling stories from the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of Night Train, London Fields, and Money, Heavy Water and Other Stories is a literal landscape of Martin Amis's unique and alluring fiction. Once you enter Amis's disorienting and hilarious world, you'll never be the same. Every poem will remind you of 'Career Move, ' a story in which poets are flown first-class to Hollywood in order to take meetings with sandal-shod producers, to review sales in the millions, while screenwriters struggle in near-oblivion for publication in obscure, unread journals. Never again will you consider communication with extraterrestial life-forms without conjuring apocalyptic images of evil from 'The Janitor on Mars. ' Witness the world of 'Straight Fiction, ' where everyone is gay except the beleaguered straight community, and our country's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy evokes images of Amis's inverted, and outrageous, vision. From 'Denton's Death, ' first published in 1975, to 'What Happened to Me on My Holiday, ' published in 1997, Heavy Water and Other Stories is the most engaging and complete overview of Martin Amis's short fiction available today. / Martin Amis lives in London."-Publisher.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Inscribed By Author A collection of short stories by British author Martin Amis, inscribed on the title page (blue cloth with silver lettering, blue paper covered boards, very slight edgewear; pictorial dust jacket with very slight edgewear, crease on front flap; otherwise a bright, clean, tight copy of a signed first printing)
Very good in near fine dust jacket. SIGNED by author on title page (signature only). 1st edition, 2nd printing. Dust jacket ssentially as new except for faint wrinkling on front panel. Book has one bumped corner. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 208 p. Audience: General/trade. By the Somerset Maugham Award-, James Tait Black Memorial Prize-winning author of 'Lionel Asbo: State of England' and 'London Fields'. Where possible, all books come with dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, shipped in a box.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-10-12 Amis is an ingenious short story writer, and this collection of tales, three of which have not been seen here before, offers a good sampling of his range. This includes, of course, tone-perfect mimicry, which is evident in "State of England," about a disco bouncer with a son at a posh English boys' school, and "What Happened to Me on My Holiday," told in the misspelled, petulant voice of a hurt child. Then there is sharp, edgy comedy based on the notion of role reversal. In "Career Move," much admired when it appeared in the New Yorker six years ago, poets swagger around Hollywood in an atmosphere of big movie deals and heroin-fueled script conferences, while screenplay authors attend eager readings of each other's work and vie desperately for publication in ephemeral little magazines that never pay. "Straight Fiction" supposes that the world is predominantly gay but that outposts of heterosexuality remain in areas like New York's Christopher Street and San Francisco's Castro, exerting a malificent influence on the predominant, comfortable culture. "The Coincidence of the Arts" has an aristocratic and evasive English artist in New York trying to avoid reading an ambitious novel thrust upon him by his black doorman. "The Janitor on Mars" is a satirical science fiction yarn. Amis's work is wonderfully clever and often extremely funny, but there is no escaping a certain steely-eyed coldness at the heart of it. Author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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