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Sinopsis: A selection of reviews and essays by Martin Amis, written over the past quarter-century. It contains pieces on a wide range of writers, from Cervantes to John Updike, and covers such subjects as chess, nuclear weapons, masculinity, Andy Warhol, Hillary Clinton and Margaret Thatcher.
Review: In Martin Amis's War Against Cliché, a selection of critical essays and reviews published between 1971 and 2000, he establishes himself as one of the fiercest critics and commentators on the literature and culture of the late 20th century. (He has already established himself as one of the most controversial and original novelists writing in English with novels such as Money and Time's Arrow.) In his foreword to the book Amis ruefully admits that his earlier reviews reveal a rather humorless attitude towards the "Literature and Society" debate of the time. Yet this only adds to the fascination of the collection, as Amis gradually finds his critical voice in the 1980s, confirming his passionate belief that "all writing is a campaign against cliché."
In the subsequent sections of the book, this war leads to some wonderfully cutting and amusing responses to whatever crosses his path, from books on chess and nuclear proliferation to Cervantes' Don Quixote and the novels of his hero Vladimir Nabokov. Praise for his literary heroes is often fulsome: J.G. Ballard's High-Rise "is an intense and vivid bestiary, which lingers in the mind and chronically disquiets it." But his literary wrath is also devastating in its incisiveness: Thomas Harris's Hannibal is dismissed as "a novel of such profound and virtuoso vulgarity," while John Fowles is attacked because "he sweetens the pill: but the pill was saccharine all along." Often frank in its reappraisals (Amis concedes to being too hard on Ballard's Crash when reviewing the film many years later), some of the best writing is reserved for his journalism on sex manuals, chess, and his beloved football. The War Against Cliché will provoke strong reactions, but that only seems to confirm, rather than deny, the value of Amis's writing. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk
Título: The War Against Cliche (Signed First UK ...
Editorial: Jonathan Cape
Año de publicación: 2001
Descripción Jonathan Cape, London, 2001. Cloth. Fair hardback copy. No markings. No dustjacket. xv, 506pp. Nº de ref. de la librería 016342
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Descripción Jonathan Cape Ltd, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Very Good: a copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0008152274
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Descripción Hardback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR001873170
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Descripción Jonathan Cape Ltd, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Like New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Like New. First Edition. Publisher's hardback in nearly new condition: firm and square, no bumps, no splits. Complete with original dustjacket: sharp and bright, no tears, no chips. Contents tight, crisp and clean; no pen-marks. Not from a library so no such stamps or labels. Looks unread. Thus a tidy book in very presentable condition. Nº de ref. de la librería 090923
Descripción Jonathan Cape Ltd, London, 2001. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. 528 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. Record # 470075. Nº de ref. de la librería 470075
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Descripción Jonathan Cape Ltd, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0224050591