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Authors face a lower profile?

Martin Amis made a forecast that the day was coming when authors should not expect fame, when he was interviewed for Mint, an Indian daily business newspaper.

‘Zadie Smith said to me years ago, “Everything we think of as literary culture will be gone in a generation and a half.” She said, “It will last your time, but it won’t last mine.” I don’t think it will ever disappear, but it will shrink. It will go back to what it was when I started out, which is a minority interest sphere, which some people happen to be very interested in.

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