The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1994-2017

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The Rub of Time from Martin Amis is a fascinating collection of articles and autobiographic essays from one of the premier Anglophone writers of our still-troubled age. Martin, the son of the late, famed Sir Kingsley Amis, has carved out a literary place for himself. Martin (1949-) has relocated from England to New York City and has been widely published in big-tier American magazines. He has many novels in his biography, but the material here collected is recent, sometimes disturbing non-fiction.

Those who have focused on genre novels and the old classics can get exposure here to modern problems. One will find some of the topical things they have been neglecting in this wide-ranging collection. Martin Amis is literary and writes about classic writers, but in this collection, the focus is on contemporaries like Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Philip Roth, and Christopher Hitchens. There are also other subjects discussed like sports, politics, autobiography, film, sex…. Martin has a very learned style, and there are words here that one might need a dictionary for. The collection is not low brow, but one experiences the author’s indignation, which is not lofty but heartfelt and accessible. Martin Amis has tackled the modern zeitgeist with flair and appropriate unpleasantness, a reminder of the perennial discontent that sometimes takes on new forms.


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Author Martin Amis
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 416 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2018-Feb-06
ISBN 9781400044535
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Issue May 2018
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