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The blind assassin

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: New York : N.A. Talese, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First edition in the U.S.AView all editions and formats
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A science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in a dingy backstreet room. Set in a multi-layered story of the death of a woman's sister and husband in the 1940's, with a novel-within-a novel as a background.
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Domestic fiction
Science fiction
Novels
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0385475721 9780385475723 9780385720953 0385720955 0965034909 9780965034906
OCLC Number: 43287739
Notes: Margaret Atwood takes the art of storytelling to new heights in a dazzling novel that unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist. For the past twenty-five years, Margaret Atwood has written works of striking originality and imagination. In The Blind Assassin, she stretches the limits of her accomplishments as never before, creating a novel that is entertaining and profoundly serious. The novel opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister drove a car off the bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister Laura'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. Told in a style that magnificently captures the colloquialisms and clichés of the 1930s and 1940s, The Blind Assassin is a richly layered and uniquely rewarding experience. The novel has many threads and a series of events that follow one another at a breathtaking pace. As everything comes together, readers will discover that the story Atwood is telling is not only what it seems to be--but, in fact, much more. The Blind Assassin proves once again that Atwood is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of our time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, it is destined to become a classic.
Awards: Man Book Prize, 2000
Description: 521 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Margaret Atwood.
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A science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in a dingy backstreet room. Set in a multi-layered story of the death of a woman's sister and husband in the 1940's, with a novel-within-a novel as a background.

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The Blind Assassin

by SHatheway (WorldCat user published 2007-10-02) Excellent Permalink
The Blind Assassin tells the epic stories of several people and families. By the end of the book these lives have become intertwined in both graceful and tragic ways. The book opens with the Chase family and eventually follows two lovers, whose identities are not revealed until the end. The stories span...
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