The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin

Description

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace

Laura Chase's older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While coping with her unreliable body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister's tragic death. Chief among these was the publication of The Blind Assassin, a novel which earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following.
Sexually explicit for its time, The Blind Assassin describes a risky affair in the turbulent thirties between a wealthy young woman and a man on the run. During their secret meetings in rented rooms, the lovers concoct a pulp fantasy set on Planet Zycron. As the invented story twists through love and sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real one; while events in both move closer to war and catastrophe. By turns lyrical, outrageous, formidable, compelling and funny, this is a novel filled with deep humour and dark drama.


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Details

Author(s)
Margaret Atwood
Format
Paperback | 656 pages
Dimensions
136 x 197 x 44mm | 513g
Publication date
03 Sep 2001
Publisher
Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint
Virago Press Ltd
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Repr.
Illustrations note
0
ISBN10
1860498809
ISBN13
9781860498800
Bestsellers rank
3,938