THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood

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The Blind Assassin opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as the reader expects to settle into Laura?s story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When we return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist. Brilliantly weaving together such seemingly disparate elements, Atwood creates a world of astonishing vision and unforgettable impact.


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About Margaret Atwood

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Born November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Canada, Margaret Atwood spent her early years in the northern Quebec wilderness. Settling in Toronto in 1946, she continued to spend summers in the northern woods. This experience provided much of the thematic material for her verse. She began her writing career as a poet, short story writer, cartoonist, and reviewer for her high school paper. She received a B.A. from Victoria College, University of Toronto in 1961 and an M.A. from Radcliff College in 1962. Atwood's first book of verse, Double Persephone, was published in 1961 and was awarded the E. J. Pratt Medal. She has published numerous books of poetry, novels, story collections, critical work, juvenile work, and radio and teleplays. Her works include The Journals of Susanna Moodie (1970), Power Politics (1971), Cat's Eye (1986), The Robber Bride (1993), Morning in the Buried House (1995), and Alias Grace (1996). Many of her works focus on women's issues. She has won numerous awards for her poetry and fiction including the Prince of Asturias award for Literature, the Booker Prize, the Governor General's Award in 1966 for The Circle Game and in 1986 for The Handmaid's Tale, which also won the very first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 546 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Arts & Photography, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Family secrets, sibling rivalry, political chicanery and social unrest, promises and betrayals, loss and regret and memory and yearning are the themes of Atwood's brilliant new novel, whose subtit

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The Guardian

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The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood Bloomsbury £16.99, pp525 Buy it at BOL Margaret Atwood new novel is made up of three strands.

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The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood 521pp, Bloomsbury £16.99 Buy it at BOL In her tenth novel, Margaret Atwood again demonstrates that she has mastered the art of creating dense, complex fictions from carefully layered narratives, making use of an array of literary devices - flashbacks, m...

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Publishers Weekly

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Family secrets, sibling rivalry, political chicanery and social unrest, promises and betrayals, ""loss and regret and memory and yearning"" are the themes of Atwood's brilliant new novel, whose subtitle might read: The Fall of the House of Chase.

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Examiner

and her most recent novel, “The Year of the Flood.” Try that one after you test the waters with “The Blind Assassin.”

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Book Reporter

A story within a story within a story --- more nesting dolls emerge with every chapter leading up to the finale.

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Entertainment Weekly

In her ingenious new tale of love, rivalry, and deception, The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood interweaves several genres — a confessional memoir, a pulp fantasy novel, newspaper clippings — to tease out the secrets behind the 1945 death of 25-year-old socialite Laura Chase.

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Christian Science Monitor

She leaps from heights, crashes through walls, and flies through flames that more prudent writers would never dare.

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Pajiba

I also think it might be interesting to compare the way Atwood writes women’s relationships in general, in both this novel and her other novels.

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Pajiba

Focusing on two sisters, Laura and Iris Chase, the novel intersperses newspaper clippings and excerpts of Laura’s sci-fi romance novel with Iris’s memoirs, written over 50 years after her sister’s death and the actions of this novel.

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London Review of Books

but what they say to us is imbued with the obscurity of the matrix out of which they come.’ In Alias Grace – a profoundly disconcerting story of obsession, set in Ontario in the early 19th century, and based on an actual murder case – Atwood deliberately chose to go into the ‘great darkness’ of a...

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