The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump. Essays and Reportage, 1994-2016 (Hardback)Martin Amis (author)
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As Rachel Cusk wrote in the the Times, reviewing a previous collection, 'Amis is as talented a journalist as he is a novelist, but these essays all manifest an unusual extra quality, one that is not unlike friendship. He makes an effort; he makes readers feel that they are the only person there.'
The essays in The Rub of Time range from superb critical pieces on Amis's heroes Nabokov, Bellow and Larkin to brilliantly funny ruminations on sport, Las Vegas, John Travolta and the pornography industry.
The collection includes his essay on Princess Diana and a tribute to his great friend Christopher Hitchens. At the centre of the book, perhaps inevitably, are essays on politics, and in particular the American election campaigns of 2012 and 2016. One of the very few consolations of Donald Trump's rise to power is that Martin Amis is there to write about him.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 691 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 35 mm
'The Rub of Time is Amis at his considered best, witty, erudite and unafraid... This collection is full of treasures.' - Anne Enright, The Guardian
'First-class... The Rub of Time is impressive. The inner world of the old devil on display is one to be treasured.' - Roger Lewis ,The Times
'The reportage is some of the best stuff here. For someone who often doesn't much seem to care for journalists, Amis is a very good journalist indeed. If anyone has written a better, more penetrating, more open-minded interview with John Travolta, for example, I'd like to see it...' - Sam Leith, The Observer
'Erudite, eclectic and entertaining, Amis's essays offer serious assessments of Vladimir Nabokov and Saul Bellow alongside a tour of the porn industry, an exemplary prolife of John Travolta and a hilarious analysis of the hazards of being christened "Tim".' - Claire Lowdon, The Sunday Times
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