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Martin Amis

Datum narození: 25. srpen 1949
Další jména: Martin Louis Amis

Martin Louis Amis je anglický spisovatel narozený ve Walesu. Je synem spisovatele Kingsley Amise. K jeho nejznámějším dílům patří romány Peníze , Londýnská pole a The Information , které tvoří tzv. Londýnskou trilogii. Dvakrát byl nominován na Man Bookerovu cenu, roku 1991 za Šíp času a 2003 za Yellow Dog. Do roku 2011 byl profesorem tvůrčího psaní na Univerzitě v Manchesteru. Pracoval též jako novinář v týdeníku New Statesman a v deníku The Observer, díky čemuž úzce spolupracoval s Christopherem Hitchensem, s nímž se stali blízkými přáteli. Napsal též scénář ke sci-fi filmu Saturn 3, zkušenost s filmovým průmyslem pak popsal v románu Peníze. V roce 1998 byl hostem Pražského festivalu spisovatelů.

„Smrt otce je něco jiného než smrt sourozence. Navíc mladšího sourozence. Na Vás pak je, abyste taky zažili malou smrt. Vaše tělo si to nacvičuje. Cítíte, že umíráte. Nechcete tak silné pocity zažívat. Není to ani zdravé. Je to jedna z těch zkušeností, kterou prožijete a pak si říkáte, kristepane, proč mě literatura nevarovala? Samozřejmě, že Vás literatura varovala, ale vy jste neposlouchal.“

„Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black.“ The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11

„Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.“

„And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.“ London Fields

„Life is made of fear. Some people eat fear soup three times a day. Some people eat fear soup all the meals there are. I eat it sometimes. When they bring me fear soup to eat, I try not to eat it, I try to send it back. But sometimes I'm too afraid to and have to eat it anyway.“ Other People

„When the past is forgotten, the present is unforgettable“ Other People

„Closure is a greasy little word which, moreover, describes a nonexistent condition. The truth, Venus, is that nobody gets over anything.“ House of Meetings

„Oh Christ, the exhaustion of not knowing anything. It's so tiring and hard on the nerves. It really takes it out of you, not knowing anything. You're given comedy and miss all the jokes. Every hour you get weaker. Sometimes, as I sit alone in my flat in London and stare at the window, I think how dismal it is, how heavy, to watch the rain and not know why it falls.“ Money: A Suicide Note

„He awoke at six, as usual. He needed no alarm clock. He was already comprehensively alarmed.“ The Information

„The universe is a million billion light-years wide, and every inch of it would kill you if you went there. This is the position of the universe with regards to human life.“

„Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.“

„Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black. We can't tell if it will survive us. But we can be sure that it's the last thing to go.“ The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11

„What did Nabokov and Joyce have in common, apart from the poor teeth and the great prose? Exile, and decades of near pauperism. A compulsive tendency to overtip. An uxoriousness that their wives deservedly inspired. More than that, they both lived their lives 'beautifully'--not in any Jamesian sense (where, besides, ferocious solvency would have been a prerequisite), but in the droll fortitude of their perseverance. They got the work done, with style.“ Experience: A Memoir

„It seems to me that you need a lot of courage, or a lot of something, to enter into others, into other people. We all think that everyone else lives in fortresses, in fastnesses: behind moats, behind sheer walls studded with spikes and broken glass. But in fact we inhabit much punier structures. We are, as it turns out, all jerry-built. Or not even. You can just stick your head under the flap of the tent and crawl right in. If you get the okay.“ Time's Arrow

„The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he is most alive when alone.“

„I gestured at my litre of fizzy red wine. “Want a drop of this?” I asked him.
No thanks. I try not to drink at lunchtime.”
So do I. But I never quite make it.”
I feel like shit all day if I drink at lunchtime.”
Me too. But I feel like shit all lunchtime if I don’t.”
Yes, well it all comes down to choices, doesn’t it?” he said. “It’s the same in the evenings. Do you want to feel good at night or do you want to feel good in the morning? It’s the same with life. Do you want to feel good young or do you want to feel good old? One or the other, not both.”
Isn’t it a tragedy?“

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