Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 7pm, Music Building, $20
C W A N
with Leonard Lopate
is the Booker Prize-winning author of the novels The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, Black Dogs, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, Atonement, Saturday, On Chesil Beach, and, most recently, Solar. Time magazine has said of Solar: “…McEwan is the rare novelist who understands the scientific world—and the mind-set of the scientist….[W]here Solar really succeeds—beyond the dark comedy—is the author’s ability to reveal the nature of the climate conundrum in the very human life of his protagonist….a Nobel Prize-winning mess, an obese man who can’t stop eating, [and] a serial adulterer…. The question in Solar is whether [that protagonist’s] scientific brilliance will win out before his pathological self-destructiveness catches up. So it is with the species.” The Boston Globe has said of Mr. McEwan’s work that it is “as merciful to its characters as it is merciless in its heartbreak….marvelously realized….wrenching, funny, smart, and hugely gratifying in unexpected ways.” The Wall Street Journal has said: “McEwan writes as if Dickens, Lawrence, and Woolf were in his bones.” The Economist has said: “It is rare for a critic to feel justified in using the word ‘masterpiece,’ but Ian McEwan’s new book really deserves to be called one…. Atonement is a work of astonishing depth and humanity.” The Washington Post Book World has said: “No one writing in English surpasses or even matches McEwan’s accomplishment….heartbreaking….breathtaking….masterly.”
In addition to reading from his work, Mr. McEwan will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Ian McEwan: Eamon McCabe