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SOLAR

by McEwan, Ian


London, England: Jonathan Cape, 2010. First Edition. First Printing.. Hardcover. As New/No Dust Jacket, As Issued.. London, England: Jonathan Cape, 2010. Hardcover. As New/None, As Issued. First Edition/First Printing. 285 pages. The author's eleventh novel. Limited Leatherbound And Slipcased Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with all other editions of the book that were released simultaneously with it. Precedes all other subsequent editions. The Limited Edition sold out upon publication and is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Jonathan Cape: Regular-sized volume format. Black leather boards with "solar"-red design embossed on the cover and matching red titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Text by Ian McEwan. Marbled endpapers. Black satin ribbon marker. Matching cloth slipcase with "solar"-red design on both sides. Printed on very thick archival stock paper in the United Kingdom to the very highest standards. In publisher's original paper wrappers. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the most collectible edition of Ian McEwan's "environmental" novel. The latter marks a return to his early satirical vein, as he eviscerates the academic and scientific establishments through one of his most memorably repulsive characters ever, Nobel Laureate Michael Beard. He fuses the satire with the scientific quest for alternative energies, the perfect metaphor for our time, as we try to find our way out of crises and predicaments internal and external. "McEwan's background research is so seamlessly displayed that scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, busy working on the same topic, might wonder if he's nicked their notes" (Time Magazine). "Blending domestic satire with scientific inquiry, nods to concerns both personal and planetary in a tone that is at once ironic and heartfelt. It is exquisitely and defiantly McEwan-esque. Accept no imitations" (The Spectator). "McEwan is one of the finest literary storytellers alive. He implants in the memory a living, flaming presence" (The New Republic). An absolute "must-have" edition for Ian McEwan collectors. <b><i> This copy is Number 49, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page, and is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by Ian McEwan. This edition is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original paper wrappers, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. </b></i> Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1998 for "Amsterdam". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2002 for "Atonement". One of the greatest living writers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER IAN MCEWAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0224091077.

Book Details

  • SOLAR by McEwan, Ian
  • Bookseller: Modern Rare US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 15496
  • Title: SOLAR
  • Author: McEwan, Ian
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: As New
  • Jacket condition: No Dust Jacket, As Issued.
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition. First Printing.
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN 10: 0224091077
  • ISBN 13: 9780224091077
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape
  • Place: London, England
  • Date published: 2010
  • Pages: 285

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The literary event of the season: a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful. Michael Beard is a Nobel prize--winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael's personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her. When Michael's personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster. Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity? A complex novel that brilliantly traces the arc of one man's ambitions and self-deceptions, Solar is a startling, witty, and stylish new work from one of the world's great writers.From the Hardcover edition.

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