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The Blind Assassin
The Blind Assassin
"The Blind Assassin opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as the reader expects to settle into Laura's story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When we return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist. Brilliantly weaving together such seemingly disparate elements, Atwood creates a world of astonishing vision and unforgettable impact."  —The Publisher.

Short Fiction
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Excerpts from The Blind Assassin
Excerpt, Ch. 1: "Ten days after the war ended" -
Excerpt: The hard-boiled egg - Random House
Audio Excerpt -

Plot Synopses
Plot Synopsis - Literary Encyclopedia
Plot Summary - Cynthia Grenier
Plot Summary - NYU

Interviews and Articles Regarding The Blind Assassin
"The Character Assassin" by Susan Flockhart, The Sunday Herald (Oct 2000)
"'Blind Assassin' finally wins Booker for Margaret Atwood", The Independent (Nov 2000)
"Margaret Atwood Calls Out the Wolves", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Nov 2000)

Book Reviews
The New York Times, 2000
The Chicago Sun-Times, 2000
The San Francisco Chronicle, 2000
Time Magazine, 2000
The Guardian, 2000
The Observer, 2000
The Spectator, 2000
Quill and Quire, 2000
January Magazine, 2000, 2000, 2000
Christian Century, 2001
Audio Review, NPR, 2000

Essays on The Blind Assassin
Toronto and Margaret Atwood - Robert Fulford

Study Guides and Miscellaneous Resources
Reader's Guide to The Blind Assassin - Random House
Discussion Questions for The Blind Assassin - CBC

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Margaret Atwood has gone on to become not just
a major Canadian Writer, and a woman writer (whom some would call a Feminist Writer),
but an award-winning author of English literature. Her works include novels,
short stories, poetry, etc.