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Мартин Эмис

Дата рождения: 25. Август 1949
Другие имена: Martin Louis Amis

Ма́ртин Лу́ис Э́мис — английский прозаик и критик.


„... всё худшее в истории сделали люди, которые считали, что их цели благородны.“

„Проблема с любой утопией — это то, что нормальному живому человеку её описание покажется сущим адом.“


„Английский писатель, достигший успеха, может позволить себе сменить пишущую машинку; американский писатель, достигший успеха, может позволить себе сменить жизнь.“

„Никогда не забуду выражение лица привратника иерусалимской мечети Купол Скалы, когда я легкомысленно предложил, чтобы он пренебрег каким-то календарным запретом и пустил меня внутрь. Его лицо, до этого прохладно-приветливое, превратилось в маску, и эта маска заявляла, что он теперь имеет полное право убить и меня, и мою жену, и моих детей. Я понял тогда, что выражение «глубоко верующий» — грубое надругательство над понятием глубины. Нельзя назвать что-то глубоким только потому, что это единственное, что есть в наличии; скорее это глянец, прикрывающий пустоту.“

„Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black.“ The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11

„Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.“

„And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.“ London Fields

„Life is made of fear. Some people eat fear soup three times a day. Some people eat fear soup all the meals there are. I eat it sometimes. When they bring me fear soup to eat, I try not to eat it, I try to send it back. But sometimes I'm too afraid to and have to eat it anyway.“ Other People


„When the past is forgotten, the present is unforgettable“ Other People

„Closure is a greasy little word which, moreover, describes a nonexistent condition. The truth, Venus, is that nobody gets over anything.“ House of Meetings

„Oh Christ, the exhaustion of not knowing anything. It's so tiring and hard on the nerves. It really takes it out of you, not knowing anything. You're given comedy and miss all the jokes. Every hour you get weaker. Sometimes, as I sit alone in my flat in London and stare at the window, I think how dismal it is, how heavy, to watch the rain and not know why it falls.“ Money: A Suicide Note

„He awoke at six, as usual. He needed no alarm clock. He was already comprehensively alarmed.“ The Information


„The universe is a million billion light-years wide, and every inch of it would kill you if you went there. This is the position of the universe with regards to human life.“

„Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.“

„Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black. We can't tell if it will survive us. But we can be sure that it's the last thing to go.“ The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11

„It seems to me that you need a lot of courage, or a lot of something, to enter into others, into other people. We all think that everyone else lives in fortresses, in fastnesses: behind moats, behind sheer walls studded with spikes and broken glass. But in fact we inhabit much punier structures. We are, as it turns out, all jerry-built. Or not even. You can just stick your head under the flap of the tent and crawl right in. If you get the okay.“ Time's Arrow

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