Into a Berlin wrenched between East and West, comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life. 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.
"The plot crackles like thin ice with dread and suspense" Sunday Times
Ian McEwan, geboren 1948, lebt in London. Schon seine ersten Erzählungen wurden 1976 mit dem Somerset-Maugham-Award ausgezeichnet. 1999 erhielt er den Shakespeare-Preis der Alfred-Toepfer-Stiftung für das Gesamtwerk und 2011 wurde er mit dem Jerusalem Preis für Literatur ausgezeichnet. Ian McEwan ist Ehrenmitglied der American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
"To call The Innocent a spy novel would be like calling Lord of the Flies a boy's adventure yarn...it ensure McEwan's major status" Sunday Times "The sheer cleverness of the book is dazzling, and only fully to be appreciated as you turn the last page: but then cleverness is a real virtue here, the best guide possible to the questionable territory between innocence and whatever comes after" London Review of Books "It's the most tightly plotted of Ian McEwan's novels, and to argue properly for its excellence would involve showing how the political and emotional themes are inseparable from its narrative ingenuity, the patterns of revelation and about-turn which mark its final pages" -- Jonathan Coe Guardian 19900510 "Generous in scale, simple in its hideous impact...Ironically, he has celebrated the obsequies of the East-West spy thriller by writing one of the subtlest" Mail on Sunday "Deft, taut fiction... Many English writers have been compared to Evelyn Waugh, often wrongly, but this book can stand with the master's best" The Times