Visiting Mrs. Nabokov: And Other Excursions

Visiting Mrs. Nabokov: And Other Excursions

by Martin Amis

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Overview

To this tantalizing nonfiction collection Martin Amis brings the same megawatt wit, wickedly acute perception, and ebullient wordplay that characterize his novels. He encompasses the full range of contemporary politics and culture (high and low) while also traveling to China for soccer with Elton John and to London's darts-crazy pubs in search of the perfect throw. Throughout, he offers razor-sharp takes on such subjects as:

American politics: "If history is a nightmare from which we are trying to awake, then the Reagan era can be seen as an eight-year blackout. Numb, pale, unhealthily dreamless: eight years of Do Not Disturb."

Chess: "Nowhere in sport, perhaps in human activity, is the gap between the tryer and the expert so astronomical.... My chances of a chess brilliancy are the 'chances' of a lab chimp and a type writer producing King Lear."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307777799
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/26/2011
Series: Vintage International
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 437 KB

About the Author

Martin Amis is the author of 13 novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories, and six nonfiction books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Hometown:

Oxford, England

Date of Birth:

August 25, 1949

Place of Birth:

Oxford, England

Education:

B.A., Exeter College, Oxford

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Visiting Mrs. Nabokov 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'Visiting Mrs Nabakov' Amis has collected together some of his finest peices of non-fiction. At times thought provoking or hilarious, it is a collection that will introduce even the most hardened 'non-fiction-phobe' to the genre.