Title: THE INNOCENT - Scarce Fine Copy of The First...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Doubleday, 1990
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 270 pages. Published in 1990. The author's fourth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Ian McEwan's "The Innocent". His first most fully realized novel, a triumphant departure from the author's inchoate, sensationalistic creepiness in such early books as "First Love, Last Rites" (1975) and "The Cement Garden" (1978). Set against the postwar espionage efforts of the British against the Soviets, McEwan's personal vision of Turgenevian first love has led to the book being labeled as an espionage thriller, as though McEwan were trying his hand at a Graham Greene or John Le Carre thriller. The secret tunnel the British and American allies daringly built in 1954 underneath the Soviet sector of Cold War Berlin (in order to gain access to the Soviet's communication system) is vividly recreated by McEwan, who has always been fascinated by all things mechanical, engineered, and scientific. Still, it is merely the setting of his novel's true subject: The shock, difficulties, and redemptive power of first love, the most enduring love of all. The basis of a fine film, with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Scott Campbell, and Isabella Rossellini. An absolute "must-have" title for Ian McEwan collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ian McEwan. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, as many copies online are. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the landmark event, "Martin Amis and Ian McEwan Introduced by Salman Rushdie", a rare public appearance by the so-called triumvirate of contemporary British literature, during which McEwan's signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 and the Booker Prize in 1998 for "Amsterdam". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2002 for "Atonement". One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER IAN MCEWAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 038541370X. Bookseller Inventory # 18258
Synopsis: It was 1955 and the corpse of post-war Berlin was crawling with spies. A British Post Office technician began his descent into ever deeper echelons of electronic surveillance beneath the surface of Berlin. The author also wrote "The Child in Time".
From the Inside Flap:
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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