Sitting down with Martin Amis


He is known as the ‘enfant terrible’ of British letters. His good looks once earned him the title of ‘The Mick Jagger of literature’. Martin Amis is now on his 13th book.

The author of The Rachel Papers, Money and London Fields, among others, is considered one the best British novelists alive. The Times named him in 2008 as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

Inspired by Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, and James Joyce, as well as by his father Kingsley Amis, Amis himself went on to heavily influence many successful British novelists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including Will Self and Zadie Smith.

[blockquote type="blockquote_quotes" align="left" width="500"]A writer’s life is half ambition and half anxiety, and there has to be both. It is no good writing a novel and feeling fine, and it is no good writing a whole novel feeling miserable. It has to be both, that mixture of anxiety and ambition, and you get that with every novel, but more so when you write about these epics of human suffering.[/blockquote]

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