Martin Amis: The Second Plane: September 11, 2001-2007

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The Second Plane: September 11: 2001-2007 (2008) is Martin Amis’s most controversial book. It is the latest of his engagements with large modern traumas: the first, in the short-story collection Einstein’s Monsters (1987), was with the threat of nuclear weapons; the second, in the novel Time’s Arrow (1991), with the Shoah; the third, in the nonfictional Koba the Dread (2002), with Stalinism; and the fourth, in The Second Plane, with “September 11” – Amis prefers this formulation to “9/11” – and with what he calls “Islamism”. The book consists of fourteen pieces, twelve essays and reviews and two short stories, presented in the …

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Tredell, Nicolas. "The Second Plane: September 11, 2001-2007". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 January 2012
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