The Pregnant Widow (Vintage International)

The Pregnant Widow (Vintage International)

Martin Amis


A riotous, bitingly humorous, and supremely shrewdpermanent novel from one in all our such a lot exact voices within the English language.
 
The yr is 1970, and Keith Nearing, a twenty-year-old literature scholar, is spending his summer season holiday in a fortress on a mountainside in Italy. The Sexual Revolution is in full-swing—a historic second of unparalleled opportunity—and Keith and his associates are instantly stuck up in its chaotic, ecstatic throes. but they quickly find a traumatic fact: among the loss of life of 1 social order and the delivery of one other, there exists a kingdom of liminal purgatory, as soon as defined by means of the Russian philosopher Alexander Herzen as “a pregnant widow.”
 
As Amis deftly explores the repercussions and results of that one summer season, he provides us with an actual and poignant portrait of the freeing probabilities, and the haunting outcomes, of swap. Expertly written and whole of wit and pathos, The Pregnant Widow is Amis at his fearless best.

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