In his triumphant new novel, Ian McEwan, the bestselling author of Atonement, follows an ordinary man through a Saturday whose high promise gradually turns nightmarish. Henry Perowne-a neurosurgeon, urbane, privileged, deeply in love with his wife and grown-up children-plans to play a game of squash, visit his elderly mother, and cook dinner for his family. But after a minor traffic accident leads to an unsettling confrontation, Perowne must set aside his plans and summon a strength greater than he knew he had in order to preserve the life that is dear to him.
"Dazzling. . . . Powerful. . . . McEwan has shown how we . . . live today." -The New York Times"Finely wrought and shimmering with intelligence." -The New York Times Book Review"McEwan is supremely gifted. . . . Saturday is a tightly wound tour de force." -The Washington Post Book World"This extraordinary book is not a political novel. It is a novel about consciousness that illuminates the sources of politics." -The Nation"Saturday is an exemplary novel, engrossing and sustained. It is undoubtedly McEwan's best." -The Spectator"Read the last 100 pages at one sitting-the pace and the thrill allow it. . . . Exhilarating." -Los Angeles Times Book Review"Virtuosic. . . . Brilliantly macabre and suspenseful. . . . [A] fine novel." -The Wall Street Journal"McEwan is in the first tier of novelists writing in English today. . . . He has achieved a complete mastery of his craft." -The New York Observer"This is McEwan at the height of his powers. . . . More audacious than Atonement." -The Baltimore Sun"In Saturday, the marvelously gifted Ian McEwan turns a single day into nearly twenty-four hours emblematic of an entire era." -Chicago Tribune"One of the most powerful pieces of post-9/11 fiction yet published." -The New York Times"Complex, suspenseful. . . . This novel . . . reinforces Ian McEwan's status as the supreme novelist of his generation." -The Sunday Times (London)"Engrossing. . . . A thoughtful, measured and mature look at our world today. . . . [McEwan's] skill at weaving together suspense, psychological depth and beautiful prose makes him among Britain's best." -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"A major event. . . . Saturday proceeds serenely into very different territory where the most secure existence is ringed by sinister possibilities." -Time"Thoroughly fascinating. . . . For sheer intelligence and skill, it's hard to beat Ian McEwan's Saturday." -The Philadelphia Inquirer"Impeccable. . . . Beautifully crafted. . . . Fluid, richly textured. . . . Engrossing." -Entertainment Weekly"Read this book. . . . On the level of the sentence, McEwan is smart, witty and insightful. . . . His writing astounds. . . . Saturday is almost too good to bear." -The Times-Picayune"Utterly enthralling. . . . Stunningly orderly and harmonious." -The Seattle Times"Magnificently imagined." -San Francisco Chronicle"A brilliant work. . . . Astoundingly enjoyable." -O, The Oprah Magazine"McEwan's special achievement . . . is not only to give his narrative . . . near-hallucinatory clarity and verisimilitude, but also to make you realize that the world of his novel is our world. It's a book of poignant insight into the temper of the times. . . . And it's something rare and precious: a wise book." -San Jose Mercury News"Hypnotic. . . . Exquisitely detailed, rich and suspenseful, literate and surprisingly explosive." -The Miami Herald"McEwan's sentences are perfect, and his novels are always powerful and intelligent." -People"Sober yet scintillating. . . . Lucidly shows us that civilization and culture and the life of the mind, fragile as they seemingly are, nonetheless have a resilience that can outlast barbarism." -Christopher Hitchens, The Atlantic Monthly"A magnificent new novel that captures both the comforts and the anxieties of the world we live in right now." -Vogue"The distinctive achievement of McEwan's work has been to marry literary seriousness and ambition with a pace and momentum more commonly associated with genre fiction. He is the master clockmaker of novelists, piecing together cogs and wheels of his plots with unerring meticulousness." -The New York Times Book Review"Marvelous. . . . A magical book. . . . McEwan shows again the quiet brilliance of his prose and his insights." -Detroit Free Press"Captivating. . . . The prose is so precise and evocative the reader can 'see' the scenes unfolding. . . . [McEwan] is at the top of his game." -The Denver Post
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.