CHF 2014: Journeys

Martin Amis: Zone of Interest

The “zone of interest” refers to the outer perimeter of the Auschwitz concentration camp. But in the hands of Martin Amis, one of the greatest authors in the English language, it becomes the terrain for a love story—though one with a violently unromantic setting. In a novel powered by both wit and pathos, Amis excavates the depths and contradictions of the human soul. He is joined in conversation by Donna Seaman, senior editor for Booklist.

“Shockingly, savagely funny.”—The Huffington Post

Speakers and Performers

Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of thirteen previous novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories, and six nonfiction books. He lives in Brooklyn.

Donna Seaman

Donna Seaman is a senior editor for Booklist, a member of the literary advisory council for the American Writers Museum, and a recipient of the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism, several Pushcart Prize special mentions, and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. Seaman’s reviews, essays, and author interviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, the Daily Beast, and Creative Nonfiction.

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Good Reads

Martin Amis Returns With 'Zone of Interest'
The novelist explores relationships inside a concentration camp
New New Yorker Martin Amis Talks Terrorism, Pornography, Idyllic Brooklyn and American Decline
Martin Amis: I wasn't trying to impress my father

Online Resources

An extended version of Martin Amis interview
Martin Amis' 'Zone Of Interest' Is An Electrically Powerful Holocaust Novel
Review on NPR's All Things Considered [audio]