British novelist Martin Amis passes away

Madrid, 20 May. (Europe Press) –

British novelist Martin Amis died last Friday at the age of 73 due to esophageal cancer at his home in Lake Worth, Florida, United States, as reported by his companion, Isabel Fonseca. The author of novels such as ‘Money’ or ‘London Fields’ has been described by the British press as “defining an era”.

Amis belonged to a recognizable generation of British writers that also included Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes, who are key to understanding British literature of the 1980s.

In 1984 she published Money, which was voted one of the 100 best novels in English by The Guardian critic Robert McCrum, who said the work “defines an era and is one of the key novels of the 1980s”. Is”.

Amis was born in Oxford in 1949 and educated in the United Kingdom, Spain and the United States, although he returned to Oxford at the University of Exeter, graduating with honors in English Philology. The author credits her interest in literature to her stepmother, novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard. His father Kingsley Amis was also a novelist.

His first novel ‘Rachel’s Book’ was published in 1973, when he was working as an assistant editor in ‘The Times’ literary supplement. The play won the Somerset Maugham Award the following year. Then came novels like ‘Dead Babies’, ‘Success’ or ‘The Arrow of Time’.

Also notable are his memoirs, ‘Experience’, published in 2000, or ‘Koba the Fearsome’, an essay on Joseph Stalin’s terror at the helm of the USSR. His controversies include accusations of Islamophobia after saying that “Muslims should get their house in order” or defending “suicide booths” in the streets to deal with the aging of the British population.

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