Martin Amis: House of Meetings

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House of Meetings (2006), Martin Amis’s eleventh novel, is much shorter and more focused than his previous novel, the extravagant and elaborate Yellow Dog (2003), and, like his seventh novel, Time’s Arrow (1991), it takes on one of the largest and most lethal catastrophes of the twentieth century. Where Time’s Arrow engaged with the Shoah, House of Meetings tackles the Gulag, like Amis’s nonfiction book Koba the Dread (2002), and aspires to an even larger subject: the nature of Russia. Where the protagonist of Time’s Arrow, Odilo Unverdorben, is a Nazi doctor, the nameless narrator of House of Meetings is a survivor of a Soviet labour camp and himself a…

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Tredell, Nicolas. "House of Meetings". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2011
[, accessed 10 October 2015.]

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  1. Gulag and Anti-Stalinist Narratives