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  McEwan, Ian | Authors | Guardian Unlimited Books
McEwan wrote the unsuccessful film The Good Son (Joseph Ruben, 1993), about a sociopathic child, intended to reverse Macaulay Culkin's goody-goody image.
McEwan now describes the precociously macabre nature of his first short-story collections as "a sort of willed extravagance", a reaction to the class-bound social writers of the time.
Natasha Walter applauds Ian McEwan's subtle tale of a wedding night on the eve of the sexual revolution, On Chesil Beach.
books.guardian.co.uk /authors/author/0,5917,-108,00.html   (370 words)

  Ian McEwan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
Ian McEwan was born on 21 June in 1948 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England.
Ian McEwan is one of the finest writers of his generation, and amongst the most controversial.
McEwan’s first novel, The Cement Garden (1978), is the story of siblings who bury their mother in the cellar rather than acknowledge her death, then slowly revert to a feral state, avoiding the outside world until, in a powerful conclusion, the authorities simultaneously discover the body, and the elder children locked in incestuous climax.
www.contemporarywriters.com /authors?p=auth70   (1762 words)

 Ian McEwan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
Amsterdam (1998) is a novel by ian mcewan, winner of the 1998 booker prize....
Saturday (2005) is a novel by ian mcewan about one day in the life of a london neurosurgeon....
Atonement (2001) is a novel by british writer ian mcewan....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/i/ia/ian_mcewan1.htm   (1100 words)

 Ian McEwan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ian McEwan CBE, (born June 21, 1948), is a British novelist (sometimes nicknamed "Ian Macabre" because of the nature of his early work).
McEwan was born in Aldershot in England and spent much of his childhood in the Far East, Germany and North Africa where his father, an officer in the army, was posted.
He was educated at the University of Sussex and the University of East Anglia, where he was the first graduate of Malcolm Bradbury's pioneering creative writing course.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ian_McEwan   (371 words)

 The Observer | Review | The story of his life
Ian, an only child, was sent to a state-run boarding school, Woolverstone Hall, in Suffolk.There, he joined a distinguished roll-call of boys, from Kipling and Orwell, to Saki and William Boyd whose fantasy world began to germinate in the hot-house isolation of adolescent separation from family life.
With McEwan this was complicated by the internal exile of social mobility: 'Children who receive the education their parents did not,' he writes, are set 'on a path of cultural dislocation'.
McEwan, on the front of the Guardian, was one of the few to add to his reputation by an engagement with politics.
observer.guardian.co.uk /review/story/0,6903,1396278,00.html   (1832 words)

 Saturday - Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan is, of course, not known for his magic midget drummers or similar flights of fancy; it's not magical but clinical realism he offers, and in Saturday, built entirely around neurosurgeon Perowne, McEwan can indulge himself to his heart's (and mind's --though one is tempted to say: cerebrum's --) content.
What McEwan excels at is in the details, the page after page descriptions of what and who Perowne encounters and experiences and remembers, especially the small gestures or specific details, be they a clinical diagnosis or some realisation about one of his children.
And McEwan even manages a perfectly placed blow against Tony Blair, describing Perowne's one encounter with the man; it has nothing to do with the crisis of this day (Iraq), and yet devastatingly pegs the PM as a man unwilling and unable to see anything but what he has set his mind on.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/mcewani/saturday.htm   (3700 words)

 McEwan's Atonement
McEwan has said that in Briony's first piece of fiction that reflects this modernist bias, "Two Figures by a Fountain," "she is burying her conscience beneath her stream of consciousness" (McEwan, Silverblatt), indicating how for him the ideology of modernism (especially its prioritization of stylistic innovation) has hidden moral consequences.
McEwan's novel is most obviously a rereading of the classic realist novel of the nineteenth century, just as it is a displacement of the modernist novel, particularly as instanced in the fiction of Virginia Woolf and D. Lawrence.
McEwan has said that he is "interested in relationships not only for what they do in themselves, but how they absorb outside pressure, influence politics and, again, history" (McEwan, Hunt 48).
www.csulb.edu /~bhfinney/McEwan.html   (8572 words)

 Literary Encyclopedia: Ian McEwan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
McEwan's second set of short stories is greatly inferior to his first but received the same slightly outraged reaction from some quarters.
McEwan's subsequent scripts have been for film: The Ploughman's Lunch (1983), an anti-Thatcherite story set at the time of the Falklands War, again directed by Richard Eyre; and Soursweet (1988), a faithful adaptation of Timothy Mo's 1982 novel about a Chinese family in 1960s Britain.
McEwan's second novel, The Comfort of Strangers, was published in 1981 and was nominated for the Booker Prize.
www.literaryencyclopedia.com /php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3041   (656 words)

 Powell's Books - Saturday by Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan's new novel is generous, contemplative, and moving — and in good company, joining classics like Mrs.
Ian McEwan has written a masterful novel that keeps you balanced on the edge of your seat as Perowne’s happy safe world is unexpectedly shattered.
Ian McEwan is the author of nine novels, including Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, and Atonement.
www.powells.com /biblio/0385511809   (1210 words)

 Books and Writing - 22/9/2002: Ian McEwan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
Ian McEwan: I think of all the artforms, the novel is supreme in giving us the possibility of inhabiting other minds.
Ian McEwan: When I sent my parents a copy of First Love Last Rights, my father was still a serving officer in the British Army, and his sense of propriety was at war with his paternal pride.
Ian McEwan: Well, because if it became the slave to our rationality, we’d always think, well is she the wealthiest, more genetically endowed, etcetera … A rational choice would be there’d bound to be someone better.
www.abc.net.au /rn/arts/bwriting/stories/s679422.htm   (4522 words)

 Powells.com Interviews - Ian McEwan
To read McEwan is to be swept away by prose of astonishing precision and power, and to be constantly surprised by the ambition and breadth of his scope.
McEwan: That's why structure is a lot more difficult in the novel, because you always have to bear in mind that whatever fancy schemes you have in your head, the subjective, real experience of reading it is one thing after another through time.
McEwan: There are many I could mention, but one writer who has meant a lot to me over the years, very different from me, very prolific and whose least successful novels are still filled with various felicities on every page, is Updike.
www.powells.com /authors/mcewan.html   (4516 words)

 Book World Live (washingtonpost.com)
Ian McEwan: This poem triggers a mood swing in a man with a neurodegenerative disease.
Ian McEwan: Among many, I would list the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War; the rise of religious fundamentalism; the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and closer to home, the Suez crisis of 1956 and the Thatcher government of the 1980s.
Ian McEwan: First part of her name rhymes with "lion." Stress is on the first syllable.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A49253-2005Mar19.html   (2069 words)

 Writer Ian McEwan gets a rare, official U.S. apology for border delay
British writer Ian McEwan was "erroneously" prevented from entering the United States on March 30 at the Vancouver, B.C., international airport and has received an "extremely rare" letter of apology from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
McEwan had been seeking to board a plane to Seattle for a speaking appearance before Seattle Arts & Lectures and subsequent appearances in Portland, Ore., and Pasadena, Calif., when a American inspector refused him admittance to the United States at the Vancouver airport immigration processing center.
McEwan had been refused admittance to the United States largely as a result of the size of the speaking fees he was to receive during his visit.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /books/169725_mcewan20.html   (916 words)

 village voice > books > Ian McEwan's Saturday by Dennis Lim
Ian McEwan's Saturday is a novel of consciousness with a protagonist who literally penetrates skulls for a living.
McEwan works hard to simulate this distracted introspection—the prose is a richly circuitous thicket of flashbacks and digressions, evaporating associations and abandoned lines of reasoning, the entire torrent illuminated and undermined by a dim awareness that the true shape of thought, "the pre-verbal language that linguists call mentalese," is beyond mere syntax.
Perowne ponders the quantum conundrum of Schrödinger's cat, stuck in a box, equally alive and dead until the lid is opened—surely an illustration of the compartmentalizing skills of the privileged Westerner, for whom faraway bloodshed ceases when the nightly news ends.
www.villagevoice.com /books/0511,bklim,62101,10.html   (821 words)

 Eye - The longest day - 03.31.05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
McEwan shadowed a neurosurgeon for two years while writing the book, not only to get the details right but also to get a sense of the character's mindset.
McEwan claims that he has written some of these intense passages in a kind of trance, a rare occurrence in which he becomes entirely absorbed in his craft and forgets the fact that he is writing.
McEwan, whose fiction deals so often with the comfort and discomfort of strangers, sees advantages in his medical counterpart's work.
www.eye.net /eye/issue/issue_03.31.05/arts/mcewan.html   (937 words)

 Book Review - Saturday by Ian McEwan
A novel about one day in the life of an ordinary man could be tedious in lesser hands, but for the most part, Ian McEwan manages to fill Perowne's day with his thoughtful ruminations and observances of the minute details of modern life and human behavior that makes the day pass relatively quickly.
Ian McEwan, through Perowne, examines the randomness that makes up a life, and the random events that can undo one.
Ian McEwan's novel is a splendid examination of what makes up a life, and an examination of the new century where the future seems uncertain for any life.
www.reviewsofbooks.com /saturday/review   (1484 words)

 Ian McEwan Website: Homepage
Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England.
In addition to hearing the book in McEwan's own voice, listeners are treated to an excellent interview with the author conducted by John Mullan, Professor of English at University College London.
Renowned author and McEwan scholar Peter Childs explores the intricacies of one of McEwan's finest novels.
www.ianmcewan.com   (772 words)

 Seattle Arts & Lectures - Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers.
McEwan may craft horrific tales, but he also has an uncanny ability to guide his readers through these haunting fictional worlds of moral ambiguity and doubt toward a land of sharpness and clarity.
Born in 1948, McEwan is a self-described "army brat" who spent his childhood living in North Africa and Singapore before returning to England for schooling.
www.lectures.org /mcewan.html   (823 words)

 Meeting Ian McEwan
Considering the multifarious connections between the great writer Ian McEwan and myself (previously documented in Ratatouille #4), I had really no choice but to attend the reading he was giving at Toronto's downtown Church of the Holy Trinity last night.
McEwan, by contrast, far from travelling to the ends of the earth and living among people of different cultures, had chosen as his setting for Saturday not just his own neighborhood but his own house.
McEwan had mentioned in his talk that the protagonist's mother in Saturday was patterned on his own mother, who'd also had Alzheimer's.
urielw.com /mcewan.htm   (1727 words)

 "Atonement" by Ian McEwan - Salon
Ian McEwan's latest novel is a dark, sleek trap of a book.
At first McEwan unspools the action languidly, adopting the viewpoint of several different characters as they move through the sultry summer day and toward the fateful, moonless night.
Briony asks herself "How can a novelist achieve atonement when, with her absolute power of deciding outcomes, she is also God?" The question about atonement goes back to the root of the word: it means to be "at one," and sometimes refers to the sacrifice by which Jesus united man and God.
dir.salon.com /story/books/review/2002/03/21/mcewan/index.html   (800 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Atonement: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
McEwan shouldn't have any doubts about readers of Atonement: this is a thoughtful, provocative and at times moving book that will have readers applauding.--Alan Stewart --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
McEwan does not manipulate the reader, and certainly this is not designed as a 'who-dunnit!' Part of the genius of the author is precisely in the way the story is told.
It doesn't develop, with McEwan just dropping in "her crime" every so often when he things we might have forgotten that he is actually going somewhere with this (otherwise it's just not apparent).
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0099429799   (1782 words)

 Atonement - Ian McEwan
On the one hand, McEwan seems to be retrospectively inserting his name into the pantheon of British novelists of the 1930s and 1940s.
McEwan presents the entire three-page letter, and from Connolly's comments it becomes clear that Briony submitted what amounts to a first draft of the first part of Atonement (reading slightly differently now in part because some of Connolly's suggestions have been incorporated into it)......
It dawns on readers: Briony's atonement is not her forsaking Cambridge to become a nurse, or trying to be forgiven by those she wronged, but rather it is the writing of this novel.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/mcewani/atonement.htm   (2773 words)

 Ian McEwan's Mrs. Dalloway. By Katie Roiphe
McEwan may have updated Woolf's preoccupation with psychology with his own riffs on neurosurgery, but at heart each writer is concerned with the workings and malfunctions of the brain, as well as the sublime and terrifying fragility of our domestic lives.
Ian McEwan has a remarkable, distinctive voice—it's testimony to his power as a writer that he is not eclipsed but energized by his preoccupation with Woolf's novel, even when there are moments where one feels Woolf's idiosyncratic intonations.
It may be that McEwan has built into the novel his own clever test for his readers on the subject of literature's transcendent power—do we fail to recognize Mrs.
www.slate.com /id/2115953   (974 words)

 BBC News | ARTS | McEwan: Enduring talent
McEwan's first book - a set of short stories called First Love, Last Rites - was published in 1975.
McEwan made up a medical condition for the stalker and wrote a spoof article from a psychiatric journal explaining the illness and included it in the book.
In 1999 McEwan's private life was hauled into the public eye when his ex-wife Penny Allen kidnapped their 13-year-old son and took him to France.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/arts/1550355.stm   (496 words)

 Amazon.ca: Atonement: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
McEwan shouldn't have any doubts about readers of Atonement: this is a thoughtful, provocative, and at times moving book that will have readers applauding.
Like John Irving, McEwan draws you in and forces you to fall in love with his characters, only to...well, I won't tell you what he does, for that would be unfair.
I longed for McEwan to be standing in front of me, so I could either beat him to a pulp for so cruelly manipulating his readers, or hug him for having created such beauty.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0676974562   (718 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Saturday: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
McEwan's protagonist is neurosurgeon Henry Perowne, a man comfortably ensconced in an enviable upper middle class existence.
It’s a McEwan trademark to begin his novels with a striking or violent rupture of everyday existence, but this opening is a prelude to his most impressively sustained narrative yet.
Ian McEwan's last novel, Atonement, was hailed as a masterpiece all over the world.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0224072994   (1637 words)

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