Martin Amis’ inventive investigation of a war criminal, which reverses time as one man’s life races backward towards an appalling past.

In Time’s Arrow events occur in a reverse chronology, as time races into the past and the main character becomes younger and younger. The book tells the story of an ex-Nazi, Dr Tod T. Friendly. Friendly is possessed of two separate voices, one running backward from his death, the other running forward, in a vain attempt to flee his inescapable past.

Shortlisted
The Booker Prize 1991
Published by
Jonathan Cape
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Martin Amis

Martin Amis

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Martin Amis is the author of fourteen novels, two collections of stories and eight works of non-fiction.
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