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Author:  Martin Amis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1400095980
ISBN-13: 9781400095988
Sku: 218180009
Publish Date: 5/3/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  370
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Bitingly funny, full of wit and pathos, "The Pregnant Widow" is a trenchant portrait of young lives being carried away on a sea of change.
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The year is 1970, and the youth of Europe are in the chaotic, ecstatic throes of the sexual revolution. Though blindly dedicated to the cause, its nubile foot soldiers have yet to realize this disturbing truth: that between the death of one social order and the birth of another, there exists a state of terrifying purgatory—or, as Alexander Herzen put it, a pregnant widow.

Keith Nearing is stuck in an exquisite limbo. Twenty years old and on vacation from college, Keith and an assortment of his peers are spending the long, hot summer in a castle in Italy. The tragicomedy of manners that ensues will have an indelible effect on all its participants, and we witness, too, how it shapes Keith’s subsequent love life for decades to come. Bitingly funny, full of wit and pathos, The Pregnant Widow is a trenchant portrait of young lives being carried away on a sea of change.

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Author Bio
Martin Amis
Martin Amis, a son of novelist Kingsley Amis, was a young teenager in 1963 when his father left the family to marry another woman--an act Martin never really forgave, and that directly influenced his rebelliousness as an adolescent. Although he resisted school, however, prompting one of many headmasters to term him "unusually unpromising," he did graduate with honors from Oxford. He had perennially rivalrous relationship with his father, but he always knew he would follow in Kingsley's footsteps, and his first novel, THE RACHEL PAPERS, was published when he was 24. Just out of college, Amis became a literary editor at the Times Literary Supplement and then at the New Statesman, finally quitting in 1980 when he was becoming an important figure on the international literary scene and began to be able to support himself as a writer. Just as his father, as an "angry young man," was a major voice for his own generation, Martin Amis has been one of the writers who has shaped the work of the generation that came of age in the 1970s. In 2002, Amis turned to non-fiction with KOBA THE DREAD, an examination of atrocities commiting during Stalinism. He returned to this themes again, this time fictionally, in his 2007 novel HOUSE OF MEETINGS.


"THE PREGNANT WIDOW stands alongside novels such as Ian McEwan's ON CHESIL BEACH and Philip Roth's INDIGNATION as part of a contemporary subgenre, the elegy to wasted opportunity....It is odd that a novel with so much to admire in it should fail to cohere adequately, but THE PREGNANT WIDOW feels more impressive in its moments than as a whole." - Bharat Tandon 02/05/2010

"Amid droll banter and hilariously raunchy episodes, immensely gifted and piquantly mercurial Amis ponders, in passages or surpassing eloquence, beauty, time, self, deception, 'the winepress of death,' and the abiding light of literature, deepening the valence of this charmingly provocative and philosophical comedy of desire." (starred review) - Donna Seaman 03/01/2010

"Amis revisits themes from his earlier novels--sex, class resentment, lust, humiliation, obsession--with the grim perceptiveness of experience in this fascinating return to form....[T]he prose is as brilliant as ever, and the cast is amazingly well done....[T]his smart, meaty novel is a revelation." (starred review) 03/01/2010

"...Amis is one of the true original voices to come along in the last 40 years. The fizzy, smart linguistic fireworks, with their signature italicisms, riffs on the language and stunningly clever, off-center metaphors are certainly evident in THE PREGNANT WIDOW." - Graydon Carter 05/23/2010

"[A]t the heart of this novel is a narrative that's tight, funny, sexy and poignant. Unfortunately, Amis can't resist embellishing his traditional morality tale with a number of distracting pet obsessions and unconvincing metafictional smoke screens..." - Jacob Molyneux 05/16/2010

"Amis's novel is concerned explicitly with the generational consequences of the sexual revolution, and its self-aware disjointedness reads as an attempt to grapple with his own feelings about the subject. Though perhaps unresolved, they are deeply troubling." 06/14/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0370
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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