The famous novelist died at home in Florida after a battle with oesophageal cancer, his wife said.
The famous and influential British writer Martin Amis died, at the age of 73, at his home in Lake Worth, Florida.
His wife Isabel Fonseca told the media on Saturday that the author of searing and insightful works such as Money: A Suicide Note, London Fields, and Time’s Arrow, died on Friday after a battle with oesophageal cancer.
Amis is “one of the most recognized and discussed writers of the last 50 years and the author of 14 novels,” says the website of the Booker Prizes, the leading literary awards for fiction in the United Kingdom.
In 2008, he was named one of the 50 best British writers since 1945 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize twice.
Publisher Vintage Books said it was “devastated” by Amis’ death.
“He left a long legacy and an indelible mark on the British cultural landscape, and will be sorely missed,” Vintage said on its Twitter account.
We are devastated by the passing of our author and friend, Martin Amis. Our thoughts are with all his family and loved ones, especially his children and wife Isabel. He left a long legacy and an indelible mark on the British cultural landscape, and will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/aFSg2u7MbJ
— Vintage Books (@vintagebooks) May 20, 2023
The author rose to literary celebrity in the 1980s as British fiction flourished, bringing Amis to prominence alongside novelists including Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes, Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.
It was with Money, published in 1984 with a comic take on consumerism, that Amis burst onto the literary scene more widely.
In addition to his novels, Amis has published two collections of stories and eight works of nonfiction.
In 2008, the Times of London named the younger Amis one of Britain’s 50 greatest writers since 1945.
In recent decades, Amis has become a public intellectual, often appearing on television, sometimes with his longtime friend Christopher Hitchens, a British-American writer and famous atheist who died in 2011.
In an essay around the fifth anniversary of 9/11, The Age of Horrorism, Amis wrote that moderate Islam is losing a civil war within the faith.
Amis was angered and accused of Islamophobia when he said in a 2006 interview: “There is a definite desire to say, ‘The Muslim community must suffer until it gets its house in order’ .”
“They don’t travel. Deportation ahead of the road. Curbing freedoms… until the whole community is hurt and they start making it difficult for their children,” he said.