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Atonement
A Novel
by Ian McEwan

"A tour de force.... Every bit as affecting as it is gripping."
--The New York Times

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  • About the Film

    Academy Award Winner: Original Score
    Golden Globe Award Winner: Best Motion Picture (Drama)

    "Rarely has a book sprung so vividly to life, but also worked so enthrallingly in pure movie terms." --Variety

    Now a major motion picture from Focus Features, starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Vanessa Redgrave, and Romola Garai, and directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice). Coming December 7, 2007 to limited cities and expanding to more screens December 21, with a further rollout in January 2008.

    About the Book

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER
    New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
    National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
    Los Angeles Book Prize Winner

    On a summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment's flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant. But Briony's incomplete grasp of adult motives and her precocious imagination bring about a crime that will change all their lives, a crime whose repercussions Atonement follows through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century.

    "Flat-out brilliant.... McEwan's writing is lush, detailed, vibrantly colored, and intense." --San Francisco Chronicle

    "A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama."
    --John Updike, The New Yorker

    "No one now writing fiction in the English language surpasses Ian McEwan."
    --The Washington Post Book World

    About the Author

    Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of more than ten books, including Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize. He lives in London. Read more...

     

     


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