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The Blind Assassin

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Written by Margaret AtwoodAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Margaret Atwood

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
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  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: August 28, 2001
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-72095-3 (0-385-72095-5)
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The Blind Assassin opens with these simple, resonant words: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.” They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister’s death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as the reader expects to settle into Laura’s story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When we return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist. Brilliantly weaving together such seemingly disparate elements, Atwood creates a world of astonishing vision and unforgettable impact.

“Absorbing…expertly rendered…. Virtuosic storytelling [is] on display.”–The New York Times

“Hauntingly powerful…. A novel of luminous prose, scalpel-precise insights and fierce characters…. Atwood’s new work is so assured, so elegant and so incandescently intelligent, she casts her contemporaries in the shade.”–The Atlanta Journal—Constitution

“Grand storytelling on a grand scale…. Sheerly enjoyable.”–The Washington Post Book World