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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Amis and Fonseca

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One of my favorite stories from the weekend papers: A Wall Street Journal Magazine profile of novelists Martin Amis and Isabel Fonseca. The two discuss the pleasures of reading, writing and their marriage.

"Being married to one of Britain's most celebrated authors could be a disappearing act for some women," writes author Ariel Leve. "But the American Fonseca, 49, is an impressive writer herself. Amis, 61, married both a muse and an equal, and they are mutually supportive...."

I love this quote from Amis on Fonseca: "I rely tremendously on her beauty. She looks very nice when she's asleep and she wakes with a smile. It's an extraordinary thing. It's very unfair, as all things to do with beauty are, but it's a fact. I rely on it for joie de vivre. It's proof of her equilibrium as well. Your happiness determines your demeanor in the world."

See the full story here.

And a list of Amis' books and Fonseca's.

(Photo above by Simon Upton for the WSJ.)

Happy Monday everyone!



Blogger Jessie said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, what a fascinating couple they are! Happy monday to you. :) xx

October 25, 2010 at 2:33 AM  
Blogger Penney said...

Aren't they just so sweet?
I'll have whatever they're having..

October 25, 2010 at 3:18 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

Hmm, having read Amis' review of Larkin's women in the Guardian at the weekend, I'll reserve judgement on him for the time being. He is not always so kind.

October 25, 2010 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger RMP said...

Lovely to have found someone with whom you can awaken, half eyed weary landing from some distant land as from in a dream, to find reality greet you with a smile, and a warm remembrance that this life that you live, with the one that you love, is filled with all the joys that one soul inhabiting two bodies can muster...sometimes a simple smile from across the pillow can set the world in order.

October 25, 2010 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Isabelle Lafleche said...

What a fantastic and romantic interview.

It's really great to read about other novelists and their personal lives. Thank you so much for sharing!

October 25, 2010 at 3:40 PM  

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