Martin Amis
The limits of comedy
in The grotesque in contemporary British fiction
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This chapter looks at the work of Martin Amis in the light of author's discussion of the grotesque in literature. It examines his novels Money: A Suicide Note and London Fields. An important example of Amis situating his work within the tradition of the grotesque occurs at the very beginning of Amis's career as an author in The Rachel Papers. Amis is interested in genre and brings comedy and slapstick to bear on his account of the contemporary novel. Time's Arrow represents a prime example of a grotesque novel. In Time's Arrow it is ironically the irreversible nature of time and of the past that is emphasised, and through the grotesque what has been a mechanism for comedy becomes a means of engendering deep pathos and horror.

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