Visiting Mrs. Nabokov: And Other Excursions

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 26, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
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A tantalizing collection of essays from one of the most highly acclaimed writers at work today. "The brainy, sarcastic, tender intelligence at the center of these pieces can make you laugh out loud: they can also move you to tears." —People

Martin Amis brings the same megawatt wit, wickedly acute perception, and ebullient wordplay that characterize his novels. He encompasses the full range of contemporary politics and culture (high and low) while also traveling to China for soccer with Elton John and to London's darts-crazy pubs in search of the perfect throw. Throughout, he offers razor-sharp takes on such subjects as:

American politics: "If history is a nightmare from which we are trying to awake, then the Reagan era can be seen as an eight-year blackout. Numb, pale, unhealthily dreamless: eight years of Do Not Disturb."

Chess: "Nowhere in sport, perhaps in human activity, is the gap between the tryer and the expert so astronomical.... My chances of a chess brilliancy are the 'chances' of a lab chimp and a type writer producing King Lear."

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VISITING MRS. NABOKOV: And Other Excursions

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Thirty-odd essays—culled from a dozen years of published encounters between master stylist Amis (Time's Arrow, 1991, etc.) and English-speaking literati and other contemporary phenomena—in a ... Read full review

Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and other excursions

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Above average for its genre, this assortment of essays from the best-selling English author ( Time's Arrow , LJ 8/91, among others) breaks roughly into three groups: literary (generally British ... Read full review

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Introduction and Acknowledgments
the Megadeath Intellectuals
Watford in China
John Updike
the Womens Game
J G Ballard
The Rolling Stones at Earls Court
Visiting Mrs Nabokov
Snooker with Julian Barnes
Salman Rushdie

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About the author (2011)

Martin Amis is the author of 13 novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories, and six nonfiction books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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