The Blind Assassin (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Blind Assassin Now in paperback, the Booker Prize-winning sensation combines gothic drama, romantic suspense, and a science fiction yarn in an entrancing novel of uncommon intricacy and grace. "A killer novel".--"The Christian Science Monitor". Author lectures.
- Published: 28 August 2001
- Format: Paperback 544 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780385720953 ISBN 10: 0385720955
- Sales rank: 32,730
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Full description for The Blind Assassin
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.