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The Innocent

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A member of a British-American surveillance team in Cold War Berlin finds himself in too deep in this masterful work from the author of Atonement. Twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham s intelligence work tunneling under a Russian communications center to tap the phone lines to Moscow offers him a welcome opportunity to begin shedding his own unwanted innocence, even if he is only a bit player in a grim international comedy of errors. His relationship with Maria Eckdorf, an enigmatic and beautiful West Berliner, likewise promises to loosen the bonds of his ordinary life. But the promise turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening a night when Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he's willing to shed. "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 132.08 x 195.58 x 27.94mm | 249.47g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Anchor Books.
  • 0385494335
  • 9780385494335
  • 454,242

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"Never less than wholly entertaining." The Wall Street Journal "Deft, taut fiction. . . . Many English writers have been compared to Evelyn Waugh, often wrongly, but this book can stand with the master's best." Time "So exhaustively suspenseful that it should be devoured at one sitting. . . . McEwan fuses a spy-novel plot with themes as venerable as the myth of Adam and Eve." Newsweek "Has the spooky, crooked-angled, danger-around-every-corner feeling of a Carol Reid film. It reminded me often of The Third Man and that is no mean feat." Jonathan Carroll, The Washington Post Book World "Powerful and disturbing . . . a tour de force." The New York Times "show more

About Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of seventeen books, including the novelsNutshell;The Children Act;Sweet Tooth;Solar, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize;On Chesil Beach;Saturday;Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award;The Comfort of StrangersandBlack Dogs, both short-listed for the Booker Prize;Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize; andThe Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award; as well as the story collectionsFirst Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, andIn Between the Sheets."show more

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The setting is Berlin. Into this divided city, wrenched between East and West, between past and present; comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot that is never fully revealed to him, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life -- and to lose his unwanted innocence. The promise of his new life begins to be fulfilled as Leonard becomes a crucial part of the surveillance team, while simultaneously being initiated into a new world of love and sex by Maria, a beautiful young German woman. It is a promise that turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening -- a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he's willing to shed. "From the Paperback edition.show more
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