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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 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 Details

ISBN: 9780099272663
ISBN-10: 0099272660
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

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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