The Innocent

The Innocent

by IanMcEwan (Author)

Synopsis

The setting is Berlin. Into this divided city, wrenched between East and West, between past and present; comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot that is never fully revealed to him, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life - and to lose his unwanted innocence. The promise of his new life begins to be fulfilled as Leonard becomes a crucial part of the surveillance team, while simultaneously being initiated into a new world of love and sex by Maria, a beautiful young German woman. It is a promise that turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening - a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he's willing to shed.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 29 Aug 1998

ISBN 10: 0099277093
ISBN 13: 9780099277095
Book Overview: Re-jacketed in stunning new series style, The Innocent is a startlingly prescient novel from Booker prize-winning, Sunday Times bestselling Ian McEwan.

Media Reviews
The plot crackles like thin ice with dread and suspense * Sunday Times *
Powerful and disturbing...a tour de force * New York Times *
To call The Innocent a spy novel would be like calling Lord of the Flies a boy's adventure yarn...it ensure McEwan's major status * Sunday Times *
The sheer cleverness of the book is dazzling, and only fully to be appreciated as you turn the last page * London Review of Books *
Generous in scale, simple in its hideous impact... Ironically, he has celebrated the obsequies of the East-West spy thriller by writing one of the subtlest * Mail on Sunday *
Author Bio
Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Cement Garden; Enduring Love; Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement and Enduring Love have both been turned into award-winning films, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach are in production and set for release this year, and filming is currently underway for a BBC TV adaptation of The Child in Time.