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The Innocent

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London: Jonathan Cape, 1990 (231 p., ISBN: 0224027832).

New York: Doubleday, 1990 (274 p., ISBN: 0385263090).

Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1990 (270 p., ISBN: 0886192714).

(Large Print). Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1990 (403 p., ISBN: 1560540648).

L'innocent (French). Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1990 (293 p., ISBN: 2020124874).

Unschuldige: Eine Berliner Liebesgeschichte (German). Zürich: Diogenes, 1990 (378 p., ISBN: 3257018584).

London: Picador, 1991 (256 p., ISBN: 0330296345).

New York: Bantam, 1991 (303 p., ISBN: 0553550004).

Toronto: McClelland-Bantam, 1991 (270 p.).

(Audio / Read by Steven Pacey). Bath, England: Chivers Press Publishers, 1991 (8 cassettes, 8 hrs., 30 mins.).

(Audio / Read by David Dukes). New York: HarperCollins, 1991 (2 cassettes, 180 mins. / ISBN: 1559944250).

Inosento (Japanese / Trans. by Takao Miyawaki). Tokyo: Hayakawashobo, 1992 (251 p., ISBN: 415207762X).

Wu ku che (Chinese / Trans. by Naichang Zhu). Taibei: Ye jiang chu ban she, 1993 (310 p., ISBN: 9576831903).

(Audio / Read by John Franklyn-Robbins). Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books, 1993 (7 cassettes, 10 hrs. / ISBN: 1556909373). [Recorded Books Website].

New York: Bantam Books, 1995 (270 p., ISBN: 0553565540).

Miramax Home Video, 1996 (119 mins., VHS / ISBN: 0788800027) [With John Schlesinger, Anthony Hopkins, Isabella Rossellini, and Campbell Scott].

Nevin covjek (Serbo-Croatian). Zagreb: Znanje, 1996 (288 p., ISBN: 953647364X).

Lettera a Berlino (Italian). [Milano]: Arnoldo Mondadori, 1997 (298 p., ISBN: 8804432624).

Nevinný (Czech / Trans. by Ján Sládek). Brno: Jota, 1997 (325 p., ISBN: 8072170015).

New York: Anchor, 1999 (270 p., ISBN: 0385494335).

Nevinnyi, ili, Osobye otnosheniia (Russian). Moskva: Izd-vo Nezavisimaia gazeta, 2000 (287 p., ISBN: 5867120775).

Reviews and Criticism
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Coe, Jonathan, 'Chilling Promise of Spring', The Guardian (London), 25 January 1990: 24.

Steinberg, Sybil. 'Forecasts: Fiction--The Innocent', Publishers Weekly, 237:15, 13 April 1990: 55.

Sexton, David. 'Baby Games With Otto in the Wardrobe. 'The Innocent or the Special Relationship', Literary Review, 143, May 1990: 20-21.

Coe, Jonathan, 'In a Tunnel Called Love', The Guardian (London), 10 May 1990: 22.

Smith, Joan, 'The Body Politic', New Statesman & Society, 3:100, 11 May 1990: 35-36.

Tonkin, Boyd, 'Trials of a War Baby', New Statesman & Society, 3:100, 11 May 1990: 18-19.

Symons, Julian, 'What to Do With the Body?', Times Literary Supplement, 4545, 11 May 1990-17 May 1990: 497.

Buchan, James, 'Getting Away With Murder', Spectator, 12 May 1990: 36-37.

Carey, John, 'Tunnel of Love', Sunday Times (London), 13 May 1990: H1.

Young, Toby. 'Pink Tanks', Punch, 18 May 1990: 32-33.

Kakutani, Michiko. 'Back in the Cold War, When Innocence Was Sin', New York Times, 29 May 1990: C13.

Gifford, Bill. 'If This Character's So "Innocent," Why Is He Doing Such a Terrible Thing?', Washington Times, 30 May 1990: E3.

Bradbury, Nicholas, Quill & Quire, 56, June 1990: 33.

Wolcott, James. 'Mixed Media: Tunnel Vision', Vanity Fair, 53:6, June 1990: 50-58.

Carroll, Jonathan, 'Appointment in Berlin', Washington Post, 3 June 1990: 10.

Stade, George, 'Berlin Affair: A Thriller', New York Times Book Review, 231:9, 3 June 1990: 7.

Jones, Malcolm Jr., 'A Hot Tale of the Cold War', Newsweek, 115:23, 4 June 1990: 80.

Gerstel, Judy. 'Innocence Has a Sinister Side', Detroit News & Free Press, 10 June 1990: Q7.

Higgins, George V. 'An All-Too-Human Spy Burrows Under Berlin', Chicago Tribune, 10 June 1990: 14.

Drabelle, Dennis. 'Spy Tales Tread in New Territory', USA Today, 11 June 1990: D4.

Keith, W. D., 'The Start of Something Big', Commonweal, 117:12, 15 June 1990: 393.

Taylor, Robert. 'Starting Where "Third Man" Left Off', Boston Globe, 18 June 1990: 34.

Eder, Richard. 'The Dark at the End of the Tunnel', Los Angeles Times Book Review, 24 June 1990: 3.

Hall, Richard. 'Innocence Lost in a Maze of Intrigue', San Francisco Chronicle, 24 June 1990: 3.

Duffy, Martha, 'Why Spy?', Time, 135:26, 25 June 1990: 69-72.

Locke, Richard. 'As Good As Greene', Wall Street Journal, 26 June 1990: A16.

Walton, David, 'Innocence and Espionage', St. Petersburg Times, 1 July 1990: 6D.

Ezell, Hank. 'Innocent Wholly Absorbing, but End Is Big Disappointment', Atlanta Journal Constitution, 8 July 1990: N10.

Ritts, Morton. 'Tunnel of Love', Maclean's, 103:29, 16 July 1990: 54.

Hattenstone, Simon. 'Slaughter of the Innocent', The Guardian (London), 23 June 1994: 2.

Hope, Christopher, 'Up Against the Wall', New Republic, 203:4, 23 July 1990: 37-39.

Muchnick, Laurie. 'You Must Dismember This', Village Voice, 35:35, 28 August 1990: 102.

Banville, John, 'In Violent Times', New York Review of Books, 37:19, 6 December 1990: 22.

Richmond, Dick. 'Viewing Life From a Whole New Angle', St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 13 February 1992: E4. (Audio book review)

Fortin, Anne-Laure. 'Passages, seuil et transgression dans The Innocent de lan McEwan', Etudes Britanniques Contemporaines, no. 9. Montpellier: Presses universitaires de Montpellier, 1995: 21-29.

Fortin, Anne-Laure. 'Passages, seuil et transgression dans The Innocent de Ian McEwan', Études britanniques contemporaines, 9, 1996: 21-29.

Benyei, Tamas, 'Places in Between: The Subversion of Initiation Narrative in Ian McEwan's The Innocent', B. A. S.: British and American Studies/Revista de Studii Britanice si Americane, 4:2, 1999: 66-73.

Study Resources

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Reading Group Guide for The Innocent: Includes discussion questions and author biography.

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