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Earlier this year, journalist Toby Muse interviewed Martin Amis for Prospect, at the Hay Festival in Cartegena, Colombia. Over the coming days, First Drafts will be featuring the highlights of that conversation, with Amis expressing views on topics ranging from terrorism and Barack Obama to his new (much anticipated) novel, and the challenges of portraying the sexual revolution in fiction.

In this first excerpt, Amis talks about the role of literature in a time of crisis, the response to 9/11,  and the relevance of Joseph Conrad to Al Qaeda. You can now also view the second excerpt on our blog.

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