The Innocent by Ian McEwan
A Novel

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The setting is Berlin. Into this divided city, wrenched between East and West, between past and present; comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team.

Though only a pawn in an international plot that is never fully revealed to him, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life -- and to lose his unwanted innocence.

The promise of his new life begins to be fulfilled as Leonard becomes a crucial part of the surveillance team, while simultaneously being initiated into a new world of love and sex by Maria, a beautiful young German woman. It is a promise that turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening -- a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he's willing to shed.


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About Ian McEwan

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IAN McEWAN is the bestselling author of fourteen books, including the novels Solar; On Chesil Beach; Saturday; Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize; and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award; as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets. He lives in England. www.ianmcewan.com
 
Published December 22, 2010 by Anchor. 287 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, History. Fiction

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When the Russians crash through the tunnel--for reasons unrelated to Leonard's conscious treason--he's eventually called home, but his once-pure love for Maria has been irreparably defiled.

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McEwan's novel tracks the disturbing coming of age of a British technician who has been sent to Berlin in 1955 to work on a surveillance project against the Soviet Union.

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