Ian McEwan sobre Amis
Deborah Solomon ha entrevistado a Ian McEwan para el New York Times y ahí el escritor británico a vuelto a defender a Martin Amis contra las acusaciones de racista. Ya antes lo había hecho en una carta a The Guardian en la que dice concretamente: "I've known Martin Amis for almost 35 years, and he's no racist." En la entrevista aborda además otros tópicos como la muerte de Noman Mailer y la aceptación, sin detalles, de que está escribiendo una nueva novela.
-Your fellow novelist Martin Amis is being shredded in the British press after criticizing various aspects of Islam.
- He was attacked in The Guardian, in a shrill manner. All religions make very big claims about the world, and it should be possible in an open society to dispute them. It should be possible to say, “I find some ideas in Islam questionable” without being called a racist.
-Which ideas do you mean?
- Well, the idea that any apostate should be punished is revolting. This is completely hostile to the notion of free thought and everything we hope to stand for. I think Martin has suffered terribly at the hands of The Guardian.
-Novelists are bigger personalities in England than they are here.
-Really? You just had Norman Mailer die.
- True, but he was probably the last American novelist who was known as much for his antics as for his writing.
-Boxing and writing were wonderfully confused in his mind.
-Are you working on a new novel?
-Can you tell us what it is about?
-No, it’s too soon. I don’t even tell myself yet.
-Is it set in the present?
-Broadly. Now you’ve ruined it. I’ll have to come up with a new one.