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Time's Arrow : Or the Nature of the Offense

Amis, Martin

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ISBN 10: 0517585154 / ISBN 13: 9780517585153
Published by Crown Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1991
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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A Near Fine/Fine unread copy protected by Brodart Archival Cover. Red publisher mark on bottom edge. Otherwise a Fine/Fine signed copy. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000383

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Title: Time's Arrow : Or the Nature of the Offense

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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In Time's Arrow the doctor Tod T. Friendly dies and then feels markedly better, breaks up with his lovers as a prelude to seducing them, and mangles his patients before he sends them home. And all the while Tod's life races backward toward the one appalling moment in modern history when such reversals make sense.

"The narrative moves with irresistible momentum.... [Amis is] a daring, exacting writer willing to defy the odds in pursuit of his art."--Newsday
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Amis attempts here to write a path into and through the inverted morality of the Nazis: how can a writer tell about something that's fundamentally unspeakable? Amis' solution is a deft literary conceit of narrative inversion. He puts two separate consciousnesses into the person of one man, ex-Nazi doctor Tod T. Friendly. One identity wakes at the moment of Friendly's death and runs backwards in time, like a movie played in reverse, (e.g., factory smokestacks scrub the air clean,) unaware of the terrible past he approaches. The "normal" consciousness runs in time's regular direction, fleeing his ignominious history.

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