The How To Academy Literary Talks series presents an Evening with Martin Amis in conversation with Gaby Wood discussing amongst other topics his new book The Zone of Interest which is set against the backdrop of The Holocaust.
‘He likes to stamp every sentence with his authority, like the name through a stick of rock, and here he reinvents hell on earth in his distinctively gaudy, insistent, elaborate prose. It is exceptionally brave…. Shakespearean…. It’s exciting; it’s alive; it’s more than slightly mad. As the title suggests, it is dreadfully interesting.’
Theo Tait, Sunday Times
‘A brutish comedy, an occult tale of jealousy and revenge, a farce of thwarted will and missed cues…. He has created a fictional artifice that allows us to see the outline of that which is beyond words’
Alex Clark, Guardian
‘Auschwitz was, in the most essential sense, “unspeakable”. It’s thus something only creative writing can speak about. If you’re Amis, that is…. The most daring novelist of our time’
John Sutherland, The Times