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Contributions to Otherwork:

Samuel Beckett, Murphy (20 May 2014): click here  


Contributions to the English and Media Centre emagazine website:

www.englishandmedia.co.uk 

 

1) emagclips: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (2008). Plus: Question session

    for students at the emagazine Conference (Oct 2011). 

2) emagclips: The Nineteenth-Century Novel (2010).

3) emagplus special: 'The Balancing Girl: Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby' (2011).

 

 

 Books and films reviewed in Literary London Journal

 

 

 1) 'Martin Amis, Lionel Asbo (2012)', 10:1 (Spring 2013): click here

2) 'Andrew Whitehead and Jerry White (eds), London Fictions (2013)', 10:2 (Autumn 2013): click here

3) 'You're Human Like the Rest of Them: The Films of B. S. Johnson', 11.1 (Spring 2014), pp. 62-7 (Spring 2014): click here


4) 'David Ashford, London Underground: A Cultural Geography' (11:2) (Autumn 2014), pp. 72-8: click here 

5) 'Wendy Pollard, Pamela Hansford Johnson: Her Life, Work and Times' (12:1-2) (Spring/Autumn 2015), pp. 79-83: click here

6) 'Vesna Goldsworthy, Gorsky (12:1-2)' (Spring/Autumn 2015), pp. 106-11: click here

7) 'James Shapiro, 1606: Shakespeare and the Year of Lear' (13:1) (Spring 2016), pp. 51-6: click here 

8) 'Christine L. Corton, London Fog: The Biography' (13:1) (Spring 2016), pp. 68-73: click here 

9) 'Nina Levine, Practicing the City: Early Modern London on Stage' (14:1) (Spring 2017), pp. 71-7: for pdf, click here

Contributions to London Fictions: www.londonfictions.com/


   1)  'Martin Amis, Lionel Asbo (2012)' (Apr 2013):
click here

2) 'Laura Del-Rivo, The Furnished Room (1961)' (Jul 2013): click here

3) 'Len Deighton, The Ipcress File (1962)' (Oct 2013): click here 

4) 'Samuel Beckett, Murphy (1938)' (May 2014): click here



Contributions to the online Literary Encyclopedia: www.litencyc.com

 

1) ‘Sir Malcolm Bradbury’ (2 Jun 2004).

2)    ‘Barry Unsworth’ (2 Jul 2004; revised and expanded 29 Dec 2006 and 1 Nov 2012).

3)    ‘C. P. Snow’ (23 Jun 2006; revised and expanded 31 Jan 2007).

4)    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald’ (23 Feb 2006).

5)    Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald’ (16 Sep 2006).

6)    'The History Boys by Alan Bennett’ (9 Oct 2006).

7)    The Ruby in Her Navel by Barry Unsworth’ (29 Dec 2006).

8)    The Search by C. P. Snow’ (15 Jan 2007).

9)    The Conscience of the Rich by C. P. Snow’ (26 Feb 2007).

10)   George Passant by C. P. Snow’  (26 Feb 2007).

11)  The L ight and the Dark by C. P. Snow’ (3 Mar 2007).

12)   Time of Hope by C. P. Snow’ (3 Mar 2007).

13)   The Masters by C. P. Snow’ (21 Mar 2007).

14)   New Lives for Old by C. P. Snow’ (13 Apr 2007).

15)   Homecomings by C. P. Snow’ (16 Apr 2007).

16)   The New Men by C. P. Snow’ (3 May 2007).

17)   Corridors of Power by C. P. Snow’ (10 May 2007).

18)   Last Things by C. P. Snow’ (10 May 2007).

19)   The Sleep of Reason by C. P. Snow’ (10 May 2007).

20)   In Their Wisdom by C. P. Snow’ (12 Jun 2007).

21)   The Malcontents by C. P. Snow’ (12 Jun 2007).

22)   The Two Cultures by C. P. Snow’ (12 Jun 2007).

23) 'Author Chronology for F. Scott Fitzgerald' (1 Sep 2007). 

24) ‘The Affair by C. P. Snow’ (2 Oct 2007).

25)  A Coat of Varnish by C. P. Snow’ (2 Oct 2007).

26)   Death Under Sail by C. P. Snow’ (2 Oct 2007).

27)  Plenty by David Hare’ (17 Oct 2007).

28)  This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald’ (14 Jan 2008).

29)  The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald’ (23 Feb 2008).

30)  The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald’ (29 Feb 2008).

31)  Trimalchio by F. Scott Fitzgerald’ (2 Apr 2008).

32)  'Author Chronology for C. P. Snow' (29 Apr 2008).

33) 'Adrift in Soho by Colin Wilson’ (13 May 2008).

34)  Man Without a Shadow: the diary of an existentialist by Colin Wilson’ (19 May 2008).

35) 'The World of Violence by Colin Wilson’ (20 May 2008).

36)    Ritual in the Dark by Colin Wilson’ (30 May 2008).

37)  The Glass Cage by Colin Wilson’ (24 Jun 2008).

38)  The Mind Parasites by Colin Wilson’ (24 Jun 2008).

39)  Necessary Doubt by Colin Wilson’ (24 Jun 2008).

40) 'The Philosopher's Stone by Colin Wilson' (16 Jul 2008).

41) The Black Room by Colin Wilson’ (19 Sep 2008).

42)  The God of the Labyrinth by Colin Wilson’ (25 Sep 2008).

43)  The Killer by Colin Wilson’ (25 Sep 2008).

44)  Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald’ (16 Jan 2009).

45)  Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald’ (15 Feb 2009).

46) All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald’ (24 Feb 2009).

47)  The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis’ (10 Mar 2009).

48) 'Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis' (6 Apr 2009).

49) 'London Fields by Martin Amis' (15 Jul 2009).

50).'Separate Tables by Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan' (23 Sep 2009).

51) 'The Information by Martin Amis' (26 Nov 2009).

52) 'Night Train' by Martin Amis' (30 Nov 2009).

53) 'The Vegetable by F. Scott Fitzgerald' (10 Feb 2010).

54) 'The Pregnant Widow: Inside History by Martin Amis' (16 Feb 2010).

55) 'Martin Amis' [updating of Richard Todd's original entry] (9 Mar 2010;

      30 Dec 2011).

56) 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe' (1 Jun 2010).

57) 'The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe' (5 Jun 2010). 

58) 'The Death of William Posters by Alan Sillitoe' (15 Jul 2010).

59) 'Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald' (20 Aug 2010).

60) 'Afternoon of an Author: A Selection of Uncollected Stories and Essays with an Introduction and Notes by Arthur Mizener by F. Scott Fitzgerald' (26 Jan 2011).

61) 'The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald' (16 Feb 2011).

62) 'Dead Babies by Martin Amis' (24 Mar 2011).

63) 'Success by Martin Amis' (26 Apr 2011).

64) 'Other People: A Mystery Story  by Martin Amis' (7 May 2011).

65) 'Yellow Dog by Martin Amis' (21 Jun 2011).

66) 'House of Meetings by Martin Amis' (5 Jul 2011).

67) 'Experience by Martin Amis' (24 Aug 2011).

68) 'The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 by Martin Amis' (29 Sep 2011).

69) 'Heavy Water and Other Stories by Martin Amis' (28 Oct 2011).

70) 'Koba the Dread by Martin Amis' (8 Dec 2011).

71) 'The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America by Martin Amis' (22 Dec 2011).

72) 'The Second Plane: September 11: 2001-2007 by Martin Amis' (18 Jan 2012).

73) 'Einstein's Monsters by Martin Amis' (3 Feb 2012).

74) 'Visiting Mrs Nabokov and Other Excursions by Martin Amis' (20 Feb 2012).

75) 'Alan Sillitoe' (28 Feb 2012).

76) 'Lionel Asbo: State of England by Martin Amis' (23 Jun 2012).

77) 'The Schoolgirl Murder Case by Colin Wilson' (22 Oct 2012).

78) 'The Janus Murder Case by Colin Wilson' (24 Oct 2012).

79) 'A Tree on Fire by Alan Sillitoe' (30 Oct 2012).

80) 'The Flame of Life by Alan Sillitoe' (2 Nov 2012).

81) 'The Ragman's Daughter by Alan Sillitoe' (9 Nov 12).

82) 'The Crack-Up by F. Scott Fitzgerald' (13 Nov 12).

83) 'The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson' (13 Nov 12).

84) 'Invasion of the Space Invaders by Martin Amis' (28 Dec 12).

85) 'The Personality Surgeon by Colin Wilson' (24 Jan 13).

86) 'Magnanimity by C. P. Snow' (21 Feb 13).

87) 'The Magician from Siberia by Colin Wilson' (1 Mar 13).

88) 'Spider World: The Tower by Colin Wilson' (15 Apr 13).

89) 'Spider World: The Delta by Colin Wilson' (7 May 13).

90) 'Spider World: The Magician by Colin Wilson' (15 May 13).

91) 'Spider World: Shadowland by Colin Wilson' (20 May 13). 

92) 'The Divine and the Decay (aka The Leap) by Bill Hopkins' (2 Jun 13).

93) 'The Return of the Lloigor by Colin Wilson' (17 Jun 13).

94) 'The Furnished Room by Laura Del-Rivo' (24 Jul 13).

95) 'Daffodil on the Pavement, aka Animals by Laura Del-Rivo' (30 Aug 13).

96) 'Speedy and Queen Kong by Laura Del-Rivo' (18 Sep 13).

97) 'The Ipcress File by Len Deighton' (22 Oct 13).

98) 'Where is My Mask of an Honest Man? by Laura Del-Rivo' (5 Nov 13).

99) 'Laura Del-Rivo' (12 Nov 13).

100) 'Guzman, Go Home and Other Stories by Alan Sillitoe' (20 Nov 13).

101) 'Room at the Top by John Braine' (3 Dec 13).

102) 'John Braine' (4 Jun 14).

103) 'John Wain' (16 Jun 14).

104) 'The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis' (15 Sep 14).

105) 'Strindberg by Colin Wilson' (22 Oct 14).

106) 'Mozart's Journey to Prague: a playscript by Colin Wilson' (12 Dec 14).

107) 'The Metal Flower Blossom (a comedy in three acts) by Colin Wilson' (12 Dec 14).

108) 'Necessary Doubt [play] by Colin Wilson' (20 Jan 15).

109) 'Mysteries (a play in three acts) by Colin Wilson' (6 Feb 15).

110) 'The Death of God by Colin Wilson' (9 Mar 15).

111) 'Life at the Top by John Braine' (6 Apr 15).

112) 'Hurry on Down by John Wain' (3 Jun 15).

113) 'Tzvetan Todorov' (22 Aug 17)


 

  

 

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From the online Literary Encyclopedia: www.litencyc.com


Martin Amis: The Zone of Interest 


Nicolas Tredell


In his fourteenth novel, The Zone of Interest (2014), Martin Amis returns to the dark enormity he tackled in his seventh, Time’s Arrow (1991): the Holocaust. The most striking feature of that earlier novel was its technique of reverse narration, from grave to cradle, which powerfully conveyed the sense of the Shoah as “wrong in time” (73), an ethical outrage so great that it upset the natural human sense of temporality. This novel is more straightforward in its temporal progression and set within a more limited time frame. The main action runs from August 1942 to 30 April 1943, though with references back to key stages on the road to fascism, such as the Nazi electoral victory on 14 September 1930; the Reichstag fire of 27 February 1933; the passing of the Nuremberg Race Laws on 15 September 1935; and the signing of the Tripartite Pact with Italy and Japan on 27 September 1940. An “Aftermath” runs from spring 1946 to September 1948.


The 300-page novel consists of six titled chapters and the “Aftermath”. Each chapter has three narrators: in order of appearance, these are Angelus Thomsen, Paul Doll and Szmulek Zachariasz. Nicknamed “Golo”, after his infant attempt to say ‘Angelus’, Thomsen is a nephew of the high-ranking Nazi Martin Bormann (1900-45), the Reichsleiter (national leader) of the Nazi Party. Thomsen wears no uniform and holds no apparent military rank but exercises much power. Describing himself as six-foot-three, with “Michelangelan” calves (8), frost-white hair, and cobalt blue eyes, he seems the Aryan par excellence; although Paul Doll suspects him of being a “homosexualist” (31) and a Jew, he nonetheless points out his resemblance to the historical Reinhard Heydrich (1904-42), the Teutonic-looking figure who was a chief architect of the Holocaust (but who aroused similar suspicions of covert Jewishness and gayness). Thomsen claims his looks bring him much success with women. In their private conversations, Thomsen and his close friend Boris Eltz, a temporarily demoted Waffen-SS colonel, concur, without any strong show of moral outrage, in the view that the death camps are going too far, but they still support and assist the war effort. As Thomsen puts it: “[w]e went along, we went along with, doing all we could to drag our feet and scuff the carpets and scratch the parquet, but we went along. There were hundreds of thousands like us, maybe millions like us” (148).

 

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