All, I've just submitted for validation the following: The house of meetings, by Martin Amis, Knopf, 2006. From the book jacket: "A novel that doesn't read like any other, ranking as this renowned British author's best. Inside the provocative, philosophical, acerbic Amis, there has long seemed to be a Russian novelist straining to break out. Here, then, is Amis's contemporary version of a classic Russian novel . . . The firstperson memoir (or confession) confirms Amis's mastery of tone and the ambiguities of character [and] sustains the narrative momentum of a mystery, though it seems that some mysteries can never be solved." KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review An extraordinary novel that ratifies Martin Amis's standing as "a force unto himself," as The Washington Post has attested: "There is, quite simply, no one else like him." House of Meetings is a love story, gothic in timbre and triangular in shape. In 1946, two brothers and a Jewish girl fall into alignment in pogrom-poised Moscow. The fraternal conflict then marinates in Norlag, a slave-labor camp above the Arctic Circle, where a tryst in the coveted House of Meetings will haunt all three lovers long after the brothers are released. And for the narrator, the sole survivor, the reverberations continue into the new century. Harrowing, endlessly surprising, epic in breadth yet intensely intimate, House of Meetings reveals once again that "Amis is a stonesolid genius ... a dazzling star of wit and insight" (The Wall Street Journal}. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.