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McEwan, Ian. THE INNOCENT. New York City, NY: Doubleday, 1990. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 270 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's fourth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Ian McEwan's "The Innocent", his first most fully realized novel, a triumphant departure from the author's inchoate, sensationalistic creepiness in such early books as "First Love, Last Rites" (1975) and "The Cement Garden" (1978). Set against the postwar espionage efforts of the British against the Soviets, McEwan's personal vision of Turgenevian first love has led to the book being labeled as an espionage thriller, as though McEwan were trying his hand at a Graham Greene or John Le Carre thriller. The secret tunnel the British and American allies daringly built in 1954 underneath the Soviet sector of Cold War Berlin (in order to gain access to the Soviet's communication system) is vividly recreated by McEwan, who has always been fascinated by all things mechanical, engineered, and scientific. Still, it is merely the setting of his novel's true subject: The shock, difficulties, and redemptive power of first love, the most enduring love of all. The basis of a fine film, with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Scott Campbell, and Isabella Rossellini. A "must-have" title for Ian McEwan collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ian McEwan. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, as many copies online are. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the landmark event, "Martin Amis and Ian McEwan Introduced by Salman Rushdie", a rare public appearance by the so-called triumvirate of contemporary British literature, during which McEwan's signature was obtained. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of relatively few signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 and the Booker Prize in 1998 for "Amsterdam". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2002 for "Atonement". One of the greatest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER IAN MCEWAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 038541370X. $80.00

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