In this novel a man's life is portrayed backwards, from death to birth, as are some of the scenes - for example, sex begins with climax, moves through foreplay and exhausts itself on flirtation. The plot is about a doctor whose story begins with his death. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
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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, (eg, 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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Book Description 1992-09-24., 1992. Book Condition: New. Penguin Books Ltd. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 176pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1682906
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, London, U.K, 1992. Card Cover. Book Condition: New. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Softback. Bookseller Inventory # 016878
Book Description PENGUIN BOOKS LTD, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX014016779X
Book Description PENGUIN BOOKS LTD, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11014016779X