Press Release: Atonement

Ian McEwan  

Introduced by Adam Begley
Illustrated by Tina Berning

‘A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama’
john updike

The Folio Society is proud to announce the publication of the first illustrated edition of Ian McEwan’s masterpiece. This highly stylised, seductive novel opens with an account of the hottest day of the summer of 1935, when 13-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment of flirtatious tension between her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. As events unfold, Briony, a burgeoning writer, constructs a narrative, one that goes on to have farreaching consequences, and leads her to commit a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying toATN2 atone.

Split into three sections and a coda, Atonement is a sweeping and expansive novel, taking in the English countryside, the battlefields of Dunkirk, and London during the Second World War. McEwan is as adept at writing about complicated family relationships as he is the horrors of war, and the realism of both is at once mesmerizing and arresting. Carefully paced and expertly crafted, Atonement is a closely observed and psychologically penetrating work.

This edition is introduced by Adam Begley, a literary critic who describes McEwan as ‘one of the leading novelists of his generation’. In his engrossing introduction he gives an overview of McEwan’s remarkable career, and examines just why Atonement is such an astonishing book – a story about stories that ‘hits the heart, the guts, and the brain’. Berlinbased illustrator Tina Berning has provided nine colour illustrations, each permeated with the uneasy tensions that run through the novelATN3.

Product information
Quarter-bound in cloth with Modigliani paper sides printed with a design by the artist.
Set in Perpetua. 376 pages. 9 full-page colour illustrations. Printed endpapers. Slipcase.
9½˝ x 6¼˝.

UK £34.95 US $57.95 Can $72.95 Aus $72.95



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