Although one of the best-known writers of his generation, Martin Amis was shortlisted for the Booker Prize just once, in 1991, for this highly inventive depiction of a Nazi war criminal whose life story is told in reverse

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.

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