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The Blind Assassin
A Novel
Written by Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassin
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Category: Fiction - Literary
Imprint: Anchor
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: August 2001
Price: $16.00
Can. Price: $
ISBN: 978-0-385-72095-3 (0-385-72095-5)
Pages: 544
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.



 
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



AWARDS

 
WINNER 2000 - Man Booker Prize
WINNER - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
FINALIST 2001 - Orange Prize



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939, and grew up in northern Quebec and Ontario, and later in Toronto. She has lived in numerous cities in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

She is the author of more than thirty books, novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children.

Atwood's work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels include The Handmaid's Tale and Cat's Eye, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride; Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her new novel is Oryx and Crake. She is the recipient of numerous honours, such as The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in the U.K., the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature in the U.S., Le Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and she was the first winner of the London Literary Prize. She has received honorary degrees from universities across Canada, and one from Oxford University in England.

She lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.





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