Also in this week’s issue, Jay McInerney clearly prefers the latest Amis novel to Tibor Fischer’s Voyage to the End of the Room:
The British novelist Tibor Fischer seems to have calculated, quite correctly as it turns out, that a spectacularly nasty review of a more celebrated writer would garner a great deal of attention for his own simultaneous offering. (Sorry, I tried, but I couldn’t ignore the elephant in the room.) The British press jumped all over this story as if a man had bitten a dog, and the furor was reported here last summer as if we hadn’t seen similar career moves on this side of the ocean. I only wish that Fischer’s new novel, “Voyage to the End of the Room,” were as single-minded and intemperate as his now famous, crotch-kicking review in “The Daily Telegraph” of Martin Amis’s “Yellow Dog” — or for that matter, as intemperate as “Yellow Dog” itself.