Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 144 pages, 7.75 × 5.14 × 0.48 in
Published: June 13, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0099754819
ISBN - 13: 9780099754817
From the Publisher
The first collection of short stories -- winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.
Taut, brooding and densely atmospheric, these stories show us the ways in which murder can arise out of boredom, perversity can result from adolescent curiosity, and sheer evil might be the solution to unbearable loneliness.
About the Author
Ian McEwan has written two collections of stories, as well as many novels and screenplays. He won the 1998 Booker Prize for Amsterdam, and was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize for Atonement.
From Our Editors
Ian McEwan, renowned Brit celebrity writer and winner
of the 1998 Booker Prize sketches worlds in this collection of short stories,
where the psychic weather is always chilling. Here, adolescent intrigue leads
to perversion and evil springs easily from boredom. Expressed through resonant
and graceful prose, the climate in Last Rites maintains his
reputation as a writer who always communicates a heavy awareness of impending
doom. As terrifying as any graphic horror story, McEwan makes it even
scarier by drawing the reader inside his taut, lyrical narrative and making us
aware that ordinary people can be struck by an everyday sort of evil.
“A talented and genuinely imaginative writer, McEwan’s details often grow into strange, powerful images… the ironies, throughout this impressive collection are tellingly weighted.” -- Julian Barnes
“A brilliant performance… There’s an assured and terribly macabre depravity about Ian McEwan’s short stories… as if some of the characters from early Angus Wilson had been painted by Francis Bacon.” -- Anthony Thwaite, Observer
"Ian McEwan writes to shock and succeeds -- All his stories have a feeling of impending evil -- It is a tour de force of concision, and funny, too, in a deadpan manner." -- TLS
"A brilliant performance -- There''s an assured and terribly macabre depravity about Ian McEwan''s short stories -- as if some of the characters from early Angus Wilson had been painted by Francis Bacon." -- Observer
"His writing is exact, tender, funny, voluptuous, disturbing." -- The Times
"The Maestro." -- New Statesman
"McEwan has -- a style and a vision of life of his own...No one interested in the state and mood of contemporary Britain can afford not to read him." -- John Fowles
"A sparkling and adventurous writer." -- Dennis Potter