The Comfort of Strangers

The Comfort of Strangers

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As their holiday unfolds, Colin and Maria are locked into their own intimacy. They groom themselves meticulously, as though there waits someone who cares deeply about how they appear. Then they meet a man with a disturbing story to tell and become drawn into a fantasy of violence and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 10mm | 80g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099754916
  • 9780099754916
  • 84,265

Review Text

Locked into a soporific and uneasy kind of intimacy Colin and Mary share an unspoken desire to be released. They holiday, desperately, in a slumbering Mediterrenean town and in the stagnant heat remain in their hotel room grooming themselves compulsively. When they do venture out they loose their bearings in the towns labrynthine streets and, wandering lost, encounter an energetic and insistant stranger with a story to tell. The tourniquet tightens... (Kirkus UK)show more

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"Haunting and compelling" The Times "No reader will begin The Comfort of Strangers and fail to finish it; a black magician is at work" New York Times "This compelling, driven novel explores what it might be like to lose yourself forever" Guardian "His writing is exact, tender, funny, voluptuous, disturbing" The Times "McEwan, that master of the taciturn macabre, so organises his narrative that, without insisting anything, every turn and glimpse is another tightening of the noose" Observershow more

About Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the author of two collections of stories and twelve previous novels, including Enduring Love, Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, Atonement and, most recently, more
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