Ian McEwan


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Ian Russell McEwan (born 21 June 1948) is an English novelist and screenwriter. In 2008, The Times featured him on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

McEwan began his career writing sparse, Gothic short stories. The Cement Garden (1978) and The Comfort of Strangers (1981) were his first two novels, and earned him the nickname "Ian Macabre". ... more »

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  • By concentrating on what is good in people, by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice, and by asking them to put their faith in the future, socialists put themselves at a severe disadv...
    Ian McEwan (b. 1948), British author. City Limits (London, May 27, 1983).
  • You enter a state of controlled passivity, you relax your grip and accept that even if your declared intention is to justify the ways of God to man, you might end up interesting your readers rather mo...
    Ian McEwan (b. 1938), British author. A Move Abroad, preface (1989). On novel-writing.
  • It is not the first duty of the novelist to provide blueprints for insurrection, or uplifting tales of successful resistance for the benefit of the opposition. The naming of what is there is what is i...
    Ian McEwan (b. 1938), British author. A Move Abroad, preface (1989).
  • ''By measuring individual human worth, the novelist reveals the full enormity of the State's crime when it sets out to crush that individuality.''
    Ian McEwan (b. 1938), British author. A Move Abroad, preface (1989).
  • ''One has to have the courage of one's pessimism.''
    Ian McEwan (b. 1948), British author. Guardian (London, May 26, 1983).
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