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Influential British novelist Martin Amis dead at 73

Miami, May 20 (EFE).- British writer Martin Amis, known for novels such as “Money: A Suicide Note” and “London Fields,” died at his home in Lake Worth, Florida, The New York Times reported Saturday. He was 73.

The cause of death was esophageal cancer, his wife, writer Isabel Fonseca, said.

News of Amis’ death came a day after “The Zone of Interest,” a feature based on his 2014 book of the same name, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Martin was the son of acclaimed novelist Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), who burst onto the scene in 1954 with “Lucky Jim,” a satirical look at Britain in the post-World War II era.

After graduating from Oxford in 1971, Martin Amis worked as an editor for The Times Literary Supplement and The New Statesman while devoting nights and weekends to his first novel, “The Rachel Papers,” published in 1973.

The book was well received in the United Kingdom and Amis won the Somerset Maugham Award for writers under 30.

He would go on to write 14 more novels, as well as a memoir, nonfiction works, and collections of essays and short stories. The London trilogy, comprising “Money,” “London Fields,” and “The Information,” has received wide acclaim.

Amis later turned to topics such as the Holocaust (“The Zone of Interest” and “Time’s Arrow”) and the crimes of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (“Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million”).

His final novel, “Inside Story,” published in 2020, took the form of a “novelized autobiography.”

Besides Fonseca, Amis is survived by three daughters, two sons, and four grandchildren.



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