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British novelist Martin Amis, who brought a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility to his stories and lifestyle, has died. He is 73 years old.
His death on Friday at his home in Florida, of cancer of the esophagus, was confirmed by his agent, Andrew Wylie, on Saturday.
Amis is the son of another British writer, Kingsley Amis. Martin Amis was a leading voice in a generation of writers that included his close friend, the late Christopher Hitchens, Ian McEwan and Salman Rushdie.
Among his best-known works are “Money,” a satire about consumerism in London, “The Information” and “London Fields,” along with his 2000 memoir, “Experience.”
Jonathan Glazer’s adaptation of Amis’ 2014 novel “The Zone of Interest” premiered Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, about a Nazi commander who lives next to Auschwitz with his family, got some of the best reviews at the festival.
The Holocaust is the subject of Amis’s novel “Time’s Arrow” and Josef Stalin’s reign in Russia in “House of Meetings,” examples of how his writing explores the dark soul.
“Violence is what I hate the most, it’s what confuses me and angers me the most,” Amis told The Associated Press in 2012. “Writing comes from quiet anxiety, the things you don’t know you’re thinking about. and when you start writing you realize that you are thinking about it, but not consciously. It is very mysterious.”
Amis was a celebrity in her own right, her life regularly chronicled in the London tabloids since her 1973 debut, “The Rachel Papers.”
“He is the king – an amazing stylist, super cool, a bright witty, erudite and fearless writer and a wonderful person,” said Michal Shavit, his editor in England. “He has been very important and formative to many readers and writers over the last half century. Every time he publishes a new book it is an event.”
Critic Michiko Kakutani wrote of Amis in The New York Times in 2000 that “she is a writer equipped with a formidable arsenal of literary gifts: a dazzling, chameleonesque command of language, a willingness to tackle big issues and larger social canvases and an unforgiving, heat-seeking eye for the unpleasant ferment of modern life.”