Martin Amis, the British author known for novels, among other things Money, London fields And The information, has passed away. He turned 73.
So told his wife, writer Isabel Fonseca The New York Times that Amis died Friday at his home in Lake Worth, Florida, after a battle with esophageal cancer.
The news comes as Jonathan Glazer’s movie The interest zonewhich loosely adapts Amis’ 2014 novel of the same name, premiered Friday at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews.
Other film adaptations of his work include the 2018 feature film London fields starring Billy Bob Thornton, Amber Heard, Jim Sturgess, Theo James, Jason Isaacs and Cara Delevingne. Amis co-wrote the film’s screenplay which was based on his 1989 mystery novel.
Born in Oxford, England, on August 25, 1949, Amis attended Exeter College at the University of Oxford. His first novel, The Rachel papers (1973), won the Somerset Maugham Award.
His most famous works are Money (1984), London fields (1989) and The information (1995), with the three novels known as his ‘London Trilogy’. Money was based on Amis’ experience writing the script for Saturn 3, a 1980 science fiction film starring Kirk Douglas. A two-part BBC series based on Money aired in 2010 and starred Nick Frost, Vincent Kartheiser, Emma Pierson and Jerry Hall.
Other notable work includes the 1997 novel Night trainwhich was adapted into the 2018 movie Out of nowhere starring Patricia Clarkson, Toby Jones, Jacki Weaver and James Caan.
In addition, Amis received acclaim for his non-fiction writing, with his 2000 memoir Experience receiving the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He also published a number of short story collections.
His most recent title, an autobiographical novel titled Within storywas published in 2020 and told a fictionalized story of his relationships with writers Philip Larkin, Saul Bellow and Christopher Hitchens.
In his review of the movie version of The interest zone, The Hollywood Reporter senior film critic David Rooney called the feature film “a devastating Holocaust drama unlike any other”. Rooney noted that filmmaker Glazer adapted Amis’s book by “radically pruning and reshaping the entire plot and narrowing his gaze to just one of three narrators”.