TORONTO, January 19, 2022 /CNW/ – Ian McEwan, one of our leading storytellers, returns this fall with an ambitious and compelling new novel. To be released simultaneously in the UK, US and Canada the 13thand September 2022, CLASSES is a powerful meditation on history and humanity told through the prism of one man’s life.

Spanning the past seventy years, from the end of World War II to the Suez and Cuban Missile crises, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the current pandemic and climate change, McEwan’s protagonist, Roland, follows the course of history, but fights more often against it. Haunted by missed opportunities, he seeks solace in any way possible – music, literature, family and friends, sex, politics and love.

His journey raises important questions for all of us. Can we fully take charge of the course of our lives without harming others? How do world events beyond our control shape our lives and our memories? What does parenthood, this “double helix of work and love”, teach us about ourselves? And what can we really learn from past trauma?

Martha Kanya-Forstner, publisher of Knopf Canada, says:Louise Denny’s, the founder of Knopf Canada, first published Ian McEwan in 1992. Today, I share his joy in celebrating a thirty-year publishing relationship with the announcement of CLASSES. It is a thrilling book – a true epic by a literary giant, remarkable for its intimacy, compassion and tenderness. Throughout the novel there are moments of breathtaking surprise and exquisite peace, moments of such enduring beauty that somehow my own world felt more living in their wake. In CLASSES, McEwan reminds us of the unique power of the novel to illuminate the human condition, to deepen our understanding of who we are in relation to each other and to our individual and collective pasts. “


IAN McEWAN is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. Her first published work, a collection of short stories, First love, last rites, won the Somerset Maugham Prize. His novels include The child in time, which won the Whitbread Novel of the Year award in 1987; The cement garden; Lasting love; amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; On Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; sweet tooth; The Children’s Act; Nutshell; and machines like me, which was a number one bestseller. Atonement, Lasting Love, Children’s Law and On Chesil Beach have all been adapted for the big screen.


In 2022, Knopf Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada, celebrates thirty years of publishing great writers and award-winning books. Canadian and international Knopf Canada authors include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Brand Dionne, Rawi Hage, tom hank, Kate Harris, Sheila Heti, Thomas Homer Dixon, Kazuo Ishigurō, Naomi Klein, vincent lam, Anne-Marie MacDonald, Yann Martel, Ian McEwan, Toni Morisson, Maggie O’Farrell, Eden Robinson, Sally Rooney, Salman Rushdi, Shyam Selvadurai, Patti Smith, Douglas Stuart, Madeleine Thien, Miriam Toews, John Valiant, Joshua Whitehead, Britt Wray and much more.

SOURCE Knopf Canada


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