House of Meetings

House of Meetings

Book - 2006
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A haunting new novel that ratifies Martin Amis's standing as "a force unto himself," as theWashington Posthas attested: "There is simply no one else like him." In the slave labour camps of the Soviet Union, conjugal visits were a common occurrence. Valiant women would travel vast distances, over weeks and months, in the hope of spending just one night with their lovers in the so-called House of Meetings. Unsurprisingly, the results of these visits were almost invariably tragic. Martin Amis's new novel,The House of Meetings, is about one such visit; it is a love story, gothic in timbre and triangular in shape. Two brothers fall in love with the same woman, a nineteen-year-old Jewish girl, in 1946 Moscow, a city poised for pogrom in the gap between war and the death of Stalin. The brothers are arrested, and their fraternal conflict then marinates over the course of a decade in a slave labour camp above the Arctic Circle. The destinies of all three lovers remain unresolved until 1982; but for the sole survivor, the reverberations continue into the next century. A short novel of great depth and richness,The House of Meetingsfinds Martin Amis at the height of his powers, in new and remarkably fertile fictional territory.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Knopf : 2006
ISBN: 9780676977875
Branch Call Number: FIC Amis
Characteristics: 241p

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pgmitch
Mar 29, 2008

Not one of Amis's finest. It suffers more than most of his novels from the fact that all of Amis's narrators seem to speak in the voice (and exquisite vocabulary) of ... Martin Amis. This is fine when the narrator is a writer, but less so when he is supposed to be a Russian emigre.

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Dec 02, 2013

Around dawn, I started physically preventing certain people from leaving the bar.

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