The Moronic Inferno: And Other Visits to America

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Random House, Dec 23, 2010 - Literary Collections - 256 pages
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At the age of ten, when Martin Amis spent a year in Princeton, New Jersey, he was excited and frightened by America. As an adult he has approached that confusing country from many arresting angles, and interviewed its literati, filmmakers, thinkers, opinion makers, leaders and crackpots with characteristic discernment and wit.

Included in a gallery of Great American Novelists are Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Joseph Heller, William Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Paul Theroux, Philip Roth and Saul Bellow. Amis also takes us to Dallas, where presidential candidate Ronald Reagan is attempting to liaise with born-again Christians. We glimpse the beau monde of Palm Beach, where each couple tries to out-Gatsby the other, and examine the case of Claus von Bulow. Steven Spielberg gets a visit, as does Brian de Palma, whom Amis asks why his films make no sense, and Hugh Hefner's sybaritic fortress and sanitised image are penetrated.

There can be little that escapes the eye of Martin Amis when his curiosity leads him to a subject, and America has found in him a superlative chronicler.

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Review: The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America

User Review  - Chiffchaff Birdy - Goodreads

I found some of the articles interesting but many were dated, in that I had no real idea who the subjects were. Amis's writing is witty and well observed however. Read full review

Review: The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America

User Review  - Al Young - Goodreads

Amis is perhaps the best wordsmith on the planet. As much as I do enjoy his novels, I possibly like his nonfiction even more. Inferno is a collection of articles Amis wrote in the late 70s and 1980s ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Martin Amis is the author of thirteen previous novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction, most recently The Second Plane. He lives in New York.

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