John Lahr

Dark and Troubled Dreamland

The Moronic Inferno: and Other Visits to America

By Martin Amis

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‘I hope these disparate pieces add up to something’, writes Martin Amis with uncharacteristic diffidence in his introduction to this collection of occasional journalism ‘offered with all generic humility’. No time spent in Mr Amis’s company is ever wasted. He is a fine novelist who turns an elegant and often hilarious sentence. But even at the beginning of this volume, Amis seems to be hedging. ‘I should have worked harder,’ he jokes. ‘But it was quite hard work getting the stuff together (photocopying back numbers of journals can be a real struggle and that Xerox

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