Heavy Water and Other Stories by Martin Amis

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"Martin Amis is a stone-solid genius...a dazzling star of wit and insight." --The Wall Street Journal

In this wickedly delightful collection of stories, Martin Amis once again demonstrates why he is a modern master of the form. In "Career Move," screenwriters struggle for their art, while poets are the darlings of Hollywood. In "Straight Fiction," the love that dare not speak its name calls out to the hero when he encounters a forbidden object of desire--the opposite sex. And in "State of England," Mal, a former "minder to the superstars," discovers how to live in a country where "class and race and gender were supposedly gone."

In Heavy Water and Other Stories, Amis astonishes us with the vast range of his talent, establishing that he is one of the most versatile and gifted writers of his generation.


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About Martin Amis

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Martin Amis is the best-selling author of several books, including London Fields, Money, The Information, and, most recently, Experience. He lives in London.
 
Published January 5, 2011 by Vintage. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They can be very witty, however, like the writers Alistair and Luke in ""Career Move"": Alistair lives in a shabby part of north London, hangs out at pub readings, and struggles to get published in little magazines put out at irregular intervals, whereas Luke develops concepts (from his Stairmast...

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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 mimicr

Jan 04 1999 | Read Full Review of Heavy Water and Other Stories

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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 ep...

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Entertainment Weekly

Many of Martin Amis' usual types — a gleefully soulless onanist, a ruminative yob, effetely depraved Brits — pop up in this slender sampling of the author's short fiction from the past 20-plus years.

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