Heavy Water and Other Stories
By (author) Martin Amis
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Heavy Water and Other Stories by Martin Amis
Book DescriptionIn 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099272663
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Martin Amis
Zona de Interes, Paperback / softback (December 2015)
The Zone of Interest is a love story with a violently unromantic setting. Powered by both wit and compassion, in characteristically vivid prose, Martin Amiss unforgettable new novel thoroughly discusses the depth and contradictions of the human soul.
London Fields, Hardback (November 2014)
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Lionel Asbo, Paperback (June 2013)» View all books by Martin Amis
Lionel Asbo - a very violent but not very successful criminal - has always looked out for his nephew, Desmond Pepperdine. He gives him fatherly advice and introduces him to the joys of Internet porn. Des, on the other hand, desires nothing more than books, a girl to love and to steer clear Uncle Li's psychotic pitbulls, Joe and Jeff.
UK Kirkus Review » Amis is not at his best in short stories, but Heavy Water is a competent collection with some entertaining reversals of expectation. In a world in which the majority are gay, a man goes through the problems of coming out as straight; the janitor on Mars tells us the bad news about how the universe works; a screenplay writer scrabbles for small magazine publication while poets hit the big time. Once you have figured out the joke, the stories are predictable, but the wit is in the working out. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Martin Amis
Martin Amis is the author of thirteen novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction, most recently The Second Plane. He lives in New York.
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