Friday, December 14, 2007

Martin Amis and his Islamism satire

I shall have to get the new issue of Granta and read Martin Amis' latest assault on Islam - or Islamism, if we are to be accurate: it's the fundamentalists he doesn't like, he says. The magazine has published a draft of his satire titled The Unknown Unknown which is sure to re-invigorate his critics, such as university colleague Prof Terry Eagleton who has accused him of Islamophobia. The story is about a Muslim terrorist called Ayed who plans to unleash rapists on Greeley, Colorado, in order to infect the good folks with syphilis. His perfect woman looks like a "matt-black postbox" though he has a sharp eye for Western women, noting a "thin skirt rendered transparent by a low sun", suggestive of a bit of hypocritical cock quivering. Yes, I shall read this so-called satire with great interest and await the anti-Amis threats of a fatwa.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Irony may yet be Amis' undoing, which would be ironic.

Anonymous said...

How do you satirise that which is already abominable?

Madame Arcati said...

Swift did well on the abominable Irish famine. My concern - though I want to read the story first - is that a highly educated, highly privileged Westerner may be wandering into dangerous territory "satirising" people who - mostly - are poor and poorly educated though pig ignorant.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I expect he will cock it up. Do you remember "The Age of Horrorism"? Sterling proof that the Amis/Islam seam is neither rich nor inexhaustible.

Madame Arcati said...

Ah, yes, The Age of Horrorism. Amis wrote: "Today, in the West, there are no good excuses for religious belief - unless we think that ignorance, reaction and sentimentality are good excuses." Total crap, but I like his novels (still).

Duralex said...

<< Total crap >>

Why ? It's just the classical statement of a bona fide atheist.

<< but I like his novels (still). >>

I haven't read them yet, but I do intend to. I've heard some good and some bad about his "Yellow Dog". Something tells me you wouldn't appreciate this one... for "professional" reasons. :-)

Madame Arcati said...

Atheism is a faith-based religion with its own messiahs, scripture, worship procedurals etc.

simon said...

Well, it depends who he's satirising I suppose. But the terrorists of 9/11 and 7/7 were educated, profefssional members of the middle classes. Pig ignorant (a phrase likely to cause double offence to any Muslim)no doubt, but neither poor, nor poorly educated.