House of Meetings

by Martin Amis

An extraordinary novel that ratifies Martin Amis’s standing as “a force unto himself,” as “The Washington Post” has attested: “There is, quite simply, no one else like him.” “House of Meetings” is a love story, gothic in timbre and triangular inshape.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 241 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.4 out of 5
  • Published January 16th 2007 by Alfred A. Knopf
  • Original Title: House of Meetings
  • ISBN: 1400044553 (ISBN13: 9781400044559)
  • Edition Language: English

An extraordinary novel that ratifies Martin Amis’s standing as “a force unto himself,” as “The Washington Post” has attested: “There is, quite simply, no one else like him.” “House of Meetings” is a love story, gothic in timbre and triangular in shape. In 1946, two brothers and a Jewish girl fall into alignment in pogrom-poised Moscow. The fraternal conflict then marinates in Norlag, a slave-labor camp above the Arctic Circle, where a tryst in the coveted House of Meetings will haunt all three lovers long after the brothers are released. And for the narrator, the sole survivor, the reverberations continue into the new century. Harrowing, endlessly surprising, epic in breadth yet intensely intimate, “House of Meetings” reveals once again that “Amis is a stone-solid genius . . . a dazzling star of wit and insight” (“The Wall Street Journal”).