Lionel Asbo: State of England

By Martin Amis Parul Sehgal,, August 29, 2012 Too much is made of literature’s ennobling qualities. There are those of us who come to books for the debasement and danger, for Hannibal and Humbert. For Faulkner’s Popeye and Hedda Gabler. We want to meet the monsters. And monsters are Martin Amis’ specialty. Amis trafficsContinue reading “Lionel Asbo: State of England”

The Pregnant Widow

By Martin Amis (Knopf, $26.95) Parul Sehgal, Time Out New York / Issue 763 : May 13–19, 2010 For all its ambition and verbal pyrotechnics, Martin Amis’s The Pregnant Widow is basically a book about boys and girls—or rather, one boy and many girls. It’s Amis’s most nakedly autobiographical novel since The Rachel Papers, and when theContinue reading “The Pregnant Widow”