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Martin Amis

Geburtstag: 25. August 1949
Andere Namen:Martin Louis Amis

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Martin Louis Amis ist ein englischer Schriftsteller. Amis' Werke setzen sich mit den Exzessen der spätkapitalistischen westlichen Gesellschaften auseinander. Die von ihm erlebte Absurdität überspitzt er häufig in grotesker Karikatur. Die New York Times hat Amis als einen Meister der Neuen Widerwärtigkeit bezeichnet. Zu den Autoren, die Amis beeinflussten, zählen Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov und James Joyce. Amis selber beeinflusste eine Reihe erfolgreicher britischer Autoren, darunter Will Self und Zadie Smith.

Zu seinen bekanntesten Werken gehört der Roman Gierig und London Fields . Für seinen ersten Roman The Rachel Papers erhielt er den Somerset Maugham Award. Der Roman wurde unter dem Titel Er? Will! Sie Nicht? von Regisseur Damian Harris mit Dexter Fletcher in der Hauptrolle verfilmt. Für seine Erinnerungen Die Hauptsachen , in denen er sich unter anderem mit der Beziehung zu seinem berühmten Vater, dem Romancier Kingsley Amis auseinandersetzt, wurde er mit dem James Tait Black Memorial Prize ausgezeichnet. Zwei seiner Werke waren für den Booker Prize nominiert - 1991 der Roman Pfeil der Zeit und 2003 der Roman Yellow Dog. 2013 wurde Amis zum Mitglied der American Academy of Arts and Sciences gewählt. Von 2007 bis 2011 hatte er eine Professur für Kreatives Schreiben an der University of Manchester inne. Das US-amerikanische Magazine Time wählte 2005 seinen Roman Gierig zu den besten englischsprachigen Romanen, die zwischen 1923 und 2005 erschienen sind und die britische Zeitung The Times zählte ihn 2008 zu den 50 herausragendsten britischen Schriftstellern seit 1945.

In Großbritannien ist Martin Amis auch einem nicht an Literatur interessierten Publikum bekannt: Klatschspalten der britischen Presse beschäftigten sich unter anderem mit dem schwierigen Verhältnis zu seinem Vater Kingsley Amis, der sich nach einer von Martin Amis selbst verbreiteten Anekdote weigerte, den Roman Gierig - immerhin eines seiner erfolgreichsten Werke - zu Ende zu lesen. Die kontroverse Streichung von London Fields von der Liste der Finalisten für den Booker Prize war nach Aussagen von Komitee-Mitglieds David Lodge darauf zurückzuführen, dass zwei Mitglieder des Auswahlkomitees die Darstellung der weiblichen Figuren dieses Romanes entschieden ablehnten. 2008 wurde bekannt, dass Amis für seine Lehrtätigkeit an der University of Manchester ein Jahresgehalt von 80000 Britischen Pfund bezog - wie von mehreren Zeitungen kommentiert wurde, entsprach dies angesichts der Verpflichtung, 28 Stunden pro Jahr zu unterrichten, einem Stundenlohn von 3000 Britischen Pfund, eine Tatsache, die in einer Reihe von britischen Zeitungen aufgegriffen wurde. Die University of Manchester wehrte sich gegen die Vorwürfe mit dem Hinweis, dass Amis wie jedes andere Mitglied des Lehrkörpers der Universität weitaus mehr Verpflichtungen als reine Lehrtätigkeit hätte.

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„Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.“

—  Martin Amis
Novelists in Interview (1985) edited by John Haffenden

„I'd like to be remembered as someone who kept the comic novel going for another generation or so.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: I'd like to be remembered as someone who kept the comic novel going for another generation or so. I fear the comic novel is in retreat. A joke is by definition politically incorrect — it assumes a butt, and a certain superiority in the teller. The culture won't put up with that for much longer.

„In Andrew Motion's book, we have the constant sense that Larkin is somehow falling short of the cloudless emotional health enjoyed by, for instance, Andrew Motion.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: In Andrew Motion's book, we have the constant sense that Larkin is somehow falling short of the cloudless emotional health enjoyed by, for instance, Andrew Motion. Also the sense, as Motion invokes his like-minded contemporaries, that Larkin is being judged by a newer, cleaner, braver, saner world. … Motion is extremely irritated by Larkin's extreme irritability. He's always complaining that Larkin is always complaining.

„Saddam's hands-on years in the dungeons distinguish him from the other great dictators of the 20th century, none of whom had much taste for "the wet stuff".“

—  Martin Amis
Context: Saddam's hands-on years in the dungeons distinguish him from the other great dictators of the 20th century, none of whom had much taste for "the wet stuff". The mores of his regime have been shaped by this taste for the wet stuff — by a fascinated negative intimacy with the human body, and a connoisseurship of human pain.

„Sex can be funny, but not very sexy.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: Good sex is impossible to write about. Lawrence and Updike have given it their all, and the result is still uneasy and unsure. It may be that good sex is something fiction just can't do — like dreams. Most of the sex in my novels is absolutely disastrous. Sex can be funny, but not very sexy.

„Interacting with literature is easy.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: One of the historical vulnerabilities of literature, as a subject for study, is that it has never seemed difficult enough. This may come as news to the buckled figure of the book reviewer, but it's true. Hence the various attempts to elevate it, complicate it, systematize it. Interacting with literature is easy. Foreword, p. xiii

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„Like all "acts of terrorism" (easily and unsubjectively defined as organised violence against civilians), September 11 was an attack on morality: we felt a general deficit.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: Like all "acts of terrorism" (easily and unsubjectively defined as organised violence against civilians), September 11 was an attack on morality: we felt a general deficit. Who, on September 10, was expecting by Christmastime to be reading unscandalised editorials in the Herald Tribune about the pros and cons of using torture on captured "enemy combatants"? Who expected Britain to renounce the doctrine of nuclear no-first-use? Terrorism undermines morality. Then, too, it undermines reason. … No, you wouldn't expect such a massive world-historical jolt, which will reverberate for centuries, to be effortlessly absorbed. But the suspicion remains that America is not behaving rationally — that America is behaving like someone still in shock.

„I think it's a very confused culture. On the one hand, no one is better than anyone else; no one is prettier. On the other hand, everyone is completely obsessed by their looks and by how they strike the world.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: I think it's a very confused culture. On the one hand, no one is better than anyone else; no one is prettier. On the other hand, everyone is completely obsessed by their looks and by how they strike the world. On the one hand, we're all equal; on the other hand, everyone's a superstar. It's all very irrational, like all ideology.

„Violence must come; America must have catharsis. We would hope that the response will be, above all, non-escalatory. It should also mirror the original attack in that it should have the capacity to astonish.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: Violence must come; America must have catharsis. We would hope that the response will be, above all, non-escalatory. It should also mirror the original attack in that it should have the capacity to astonish. A utopian example: the crippled and benighted people of Afghanistan, hunkering down for a winter of famine, should not be bombarded with cruise missiles; they should be bombarded with consignments of food, firmly marked LENDLEASE — USA.

„It's all very irrational, like all ideology.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: I think it's a very confused culture. On the one hand, no one is better than anyone else; no one is prettier. On the other hand, everyone is completely obsessed by their looks and by how they strike the world. On the one hand, we're all equal; on the other hand, everyone's a superstar. It's all very irrational, like all ideology.

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„Motion is extremely irritated by Larkin's extreme irritability. He's always complaining that Larkin is always complaining.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: In Andrew Motion's book, we have the constant sense that Larkin is somehow falling short of the cloudless emotional health enjoyed by, for instance, Andrew Motion. Also the sense, as Motion invokes his like-minded contemporaries, that Larkin is being judged by a newer, cleaner, braver, saner world. … Motion is extremely irritated by Larkin's extreme irritability. He's always complaining that Larkin is always complaining.

„I think it's the whole impulse to judge and censor and euphemize, that is the enemy.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: I think it's the whole impulse to judge and censor and euphemize, that is the enemy. … What fun, to feel superior to T. S. Eliot. And that's the impulse that I am suspicious of.

„Only it was much, much worse than that. In fact, words alone cannot adduce how much worse it was than that. September 11 was an attack on words: we felt a general deficit.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: What happened on September 11? On September 11 — what happened? Picture this: two upended matchboxes, knocked over by the sheer force of paper-darts. Only it was much, much worse than that. In fact, words alone cannot adduce how much worse it was than that. September 11 was an attack on words: we felt a general deficit. And with words destroyed, we had to make do, we had to bolster truth with colons and repetition: not only repetition: but repetition and: colons. This is what we adduce. "The world: an explanation" in The Daily Telegraph (8 March 2003) http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/custom?q=cache:hZVARej7mn0J:www.martinamisweb.com/documents/world_explanation.doc&hl=en&gl=uk&ct=clnk&cd=1&ie=UTF-8&client=pub-4015880282924246

„For those thousands in the south tower, the second plane meant the end of everything. For us, its glint was the worldflash of a coming future.“

—  Martin Amis
Context: For those thousands in the south tower, the second plane meant the end of everything. For us, its glint was the worldflash of a coming future. Terrorism is political communication by other means. The message of September 11 ran as follows: America, it is time you learned how implacably you are hated. United Airlines Flight 175 was an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile aimed at her innocence. That innocence, it was here being claimed, was a luxurious and anachronistic delusion.

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