The Blind Assassin
The Blind Assassin
A Novel


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.

Title The Blind Assassin
Subtitle A Novel
Author Margaret Atwood
Publisher Anchor Books
Title First Published 28 August 2001
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 521 p.
ISBN-10 0385720955
ISBN-13 9780385720953
Publication Date 28 August 2001
Main content page count 521
Weight 16 oz.
 


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