‘Total Malignancy … Militant Irony’: Martin Amis, <i>The Second Plane</i>

Martin Randall

in 9/11 and the Literature of Terror

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638529
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651825 | DOI:
‘Total Malignancy … Militant Irony’: Martin Amis, The Second Plane

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This chapter examines Martin Amis' The Second Plane, which is a collection of most of his journalism and stories that were inspired by the attacks. It examines how Amis' criticism and fiction are intertwined, as well as his use of parody in ‘The Last Days of Muhammad Atta’. This chapter views The Second Plane as a fascinating reflection of a writer who is struggling to find ways to speak about the event.

Keywords: Martin Amis; The Second Plane; parody; The Last Days of Muhammad Atta

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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