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Amsterdam

A Novel

Ian McEwan

Paperback

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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover, Russian (2/8/2018)
Paperback, Spanish (10/30/2015)
Hardcover (12/1/1998)
Paperback (8/1/2002)
Paperback, German (4/1/2002)

Description

The Booker Prize-winning contemporary morality tale—cleverly disguised as a comic novel—from the acclaimed author of Atonement.

On a chilly February day, two old friends meet in the throng outside a London crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence: Clive is Britain's most successful modern composer, and Vernon is a newspaper editor. Gorgeous, feisty Molly had other lovers, too, notably Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger tipped to be the next prime minister. In the days that follow Molly's funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact with consequences that neither could have foreseen…


Praise For Amsterdam: A Novel

Winner of the Booker Prize

"A dark tour de force, perfectly fashioned." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A well-oiled machine. . . . Ruthless and amusing." —The New York Times Book Review

"Beautifully spare prose, wicked observation, and dark comic brio." —The Boston Globe

"At once far-reaching and tightly self-contained, a fin de siécle phantasmagoria." —New York

"Ian McEwan has proven himself to be one of Britain's most distinct voices and one of its most versatile talents. . . . Chilling and darkly comic." —Chicago Tribune

"By far his best work to date . . . an energizing tightrope between feeling and lack of feeling, between humanity's capacity to support and save and its equally ubiquitous penchant for detachment and cruelty." —The San Diego Union-Tribune

"You won't find a more enjoyable novel . . . masterfully wrought, sure to delight a reader with even half a sense of humor." —The Atlant Journal-Constitution

"McEwan writes the sort of witty repartee and scathing retort we wished we thought of in the heat of battle. On a broader scale, McEwan's portrayal of the mutually parasitic relationship between politicians and journalists is as damning as it is comic." —The Christian Science Monitor

Anchor, 9780385494243, 208pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 1999



About the Author

Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of seventeen books, including the novels NutshellThe Children ActSweet ToothSolar, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; On Chesil BeachSaturdayAtonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both short-listed for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize; and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award; as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets.