Amis thinks his new book will get him in deep doo-doo with “the feminists” and is doing some pre-emptive damage control. My guess is that “the feminists”, with a capital T and capital F, doesn’t do justice to the well-learned fear he’s trying to hide. At issue is his belief that the sexual revolution killed his sister by turning her into a compuslively promiscuous mental midget. Maybe there’s info I’m missing here, but… huh?
The Pregnant Widow, described by its publisher as a tragicomedy, follows the lives of six young people spending a long, hot summer holiday in an Italian castle during the sexual revolution and the “sea change” of 1970.
Amis said he had been told it would get him “in trouble with the feminists”, but he insisted that it was actually “a very feminist book” and that “they haven’t got a case”.
The title of the novel, which will be published in February 2010, is taken from the Russian intellectual Alexander Herzen, who said that after a revolution we are left with “not an heir but a pregnant widow”.