First Love, Last Rites: Short Stories

Paperback | June 13, 2000

byIan Mcewan

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The fortieth anniversary edition of McEwan's first published work, beautifully re-jacketed for a new generation of fans.
     Now with an Afterword from the author.
     Forty years on from when they were first published, these stories show McEwan's dazzling early talent.  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.

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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 L...

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The fortieth anniversary edition of McEwan's first published work, beautifully re-jacketed for a new generation of fans.     Now with an Afterword from the author.     Forty years on from when they were first published, these stories show McEwan's dazzling early talent.  Taut, brooding and densely atmospheric, these stories show us the...

IAN McEWAN is the author of two collections of stories and twelve previous novels, including Enduring Love, Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, Atonement and, most recently, Solar.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.8 × 5.17 × 0.58 inPublished:June 13, 2000Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0099754819

ISBN - 13:9780099754817

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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.

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“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