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  • Published: 3 December 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099488682
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

House of Meetings




A new reissue series of Martin Amis's novels to mark his 70th birthday


'The best thing Martin Amis has done in fiction for years' Literary Review
There were conjugal visits in the slave camps of the USSR. Valiant women would travel continental distances, over weeks and months, in the hope of spending a night, with their particular enemy of the people, in the House of Meetings. The consequences of these liaisons were almost invariably tragic.

House of Meetings
is about one such liaison. It is a triangular romance: two brothers fall in love with the same girl, a nineteen-year-old Jewess, in Moscow, which is poised for pogrom in the gap between the war and the death of Stalin. Both brothers are arrested, and their rivalry slowly complicates itself over a decade in the slave camp above the Arctic Circle.

'It is difficult not to be impressed by this compact tour de force' Observer

  • Published: 3 December 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099488682
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of fourteen novels, two collections of stories and eight works of non-fiction. His novel Time’s Arrow was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for which his subsequent novel Yellow Dog was also longlisted, and his memoir Experience won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. He lives in New York.

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Praise for House of Meetings

This novella is the best thing Martin Amis has done in fiction for years: very complex, very forceful, startling in the amount of ground it covers, and densely and intelligently put together

Literary Review

An ambitious feat...the result is brilliant

Independent

It is difficult not to be impressed by this compact tour de force... Amis has produced a memorable novel and a memorable protagonist

Observer

A singular, unimpeachable triumph

The Economist

Unmistakably Amis's best novel since London Fields...a slender, moving novel, streaked with dark comedy

Sunday Times

Undeniably, distinctively identifiable, vintage Martin

Independent on Sunday

The novel has a cumulative power and resonates with many reflections about the course of individual destiny in a profoundly cruel universe

The Times

This is Amis writing at the pitch he has reached in Money...remarkable

Times Literary Supplement

I read it as slowly as I could. I savoured every page, like sucking the mints from my hotel's reception down to shards. I tried to keep from finishing it, but couldn't help myself, and cursed when the book was done

A compelling work of fiction in which learning and imagination are beautifully counterpoised

New Statesman

An expert chronicle of the miseries of Soviet everyday life, both in and out of the camps. Readers won't be disappointed with the description of the gulag, which feels as accurate as if Amis had done 10 years himself. The characters and cruelties of the camps exist in miniature, along with the pointlessness and boredom of prison life, which Amis cobbles together beautifully

Scotland on Sunday

House of Meetings is the best thing Amis has done in fiction for 20 years; indeed in as much as it is his first truly adult novel, the best he has written... Amis evokes the camps with compelling power... Twenty-five years ago Martin Amis seemed the great hope of the English novel. The hope withered. With House of Meetings, it flickers into life again

Scotsman

Everything is presented with Amis's customary élan and intelligence

Guardian

The most inventive of living British novelists

Independent on Sunday

Amis' mini Russian epic...is audacious, shocking and the best thing he's done in years

Evening Standard

Amis draws on his considerable talent, intelligence, compassion and anger in this outstanding short novel

Irish Times

Deeply moving, dark and beautiful, this is Amis at his greatest

Good Book Guide

Martin Amis is always essential reading

The Times

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