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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: Ulysses, Don Quixote...
Editorial: Jonathan Cape Ltd 2001-04-26
Año de publicación: 2001
Condición del libro: Very Good
Edición: First Edition.
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, 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, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, first impression. Fine: tight and square binding in sharp black boards; very crisp and clean, presenting as unopened. The unclipped dustwrapper is likewise Fine: bright, crisp and vibrant; presented in a removable, archival-quality Brodart protective cover. All orders are sent very carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. Nº de ref. de la librería C141
Descripción Jonathan Cape, London, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. First Edition. A hardback book with both and jacket book in fine condition, dated 2001, First Edition. The war against cliche, essays and reviews 1971-2000. Nº de ref. de la librería 053636