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Yellow Dog (Jonathan Cape, 2003)

Martin AMIS
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Martin Amis, the son of British novelist Kingsley Amis, was born in Oxford in 1949. He won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1973 for his first book, The Rachel Papers. From 1977 to 1979 he was literary editor of the weekly New Statesman and he worked as a chronicler and literary critic for The Observer, Esquire, Vogue, the Time… In 1995 his divorce and his change of literary agency were front-page news in the British press. Martin Amis currently lives in London with his second wife, Isabel Fonseca, also a writer, and their two young daughters.

The Martin Amis’s website
In french

Bibliography :

  • The Rachel Papers (1973), filmed in 1989
  • Dead Babies (1975), filmed in 2000
  • Success (1978)
  • Other People (1981)
  • London Fields (1989)
  • The Information (1995)
  • Night Train (1997)
  • Yellow Dog (Jonathan Cape, 2003)
  • Einstein’s Monsters (1987)
  • Heavy Water : And Other Stories (1998)
  • Visiting Mrs Nabokov : And Other Excursions (1993)
  • Experience (2000)
  • The War Against Cliché : Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 (2001)

Summary of Yellow Dog :

Xan Meo, son to a gangster who became an actor and a refined novelist, is violently assaulted and undergoes a curious metamorphosis …
King Henry IX tries to cover up a double scandal : his affair with a mysterious Chinese girl, and a scabrous video starring the heiress to the throne…
Clint Smoker, a scandal journalist, has personal reasons for going to California to interview a porn star…
Meanwhile on can wonder whether flight 101, reserved for smokers, will reach its destination.
With these intertwined stories Martin Amis fiercely sounds the charge against a barely imaginary England, from Buckingham Palace to London’s underworld. There is a disturbing question lying under this uncut, apocalyptic picture : where is the place of innocence in this troubled world ? And will civilization be enough to contain savagery ?
Amis proves once again his visionary might and his ability to reinvent language. From aristocratic preciosity to gangsters’ slang and SMS language he presents us with a stylistic firework of all sorts of languages mixed into one unique synthesis. This imposing book, one of those he most successfully completed, gives us a summary of our time in a way few other books do.