Ian McEwan to publish ‘Lessons’, a new novel covering the events of the past 70 years

British writer Ian McEwan comes out this fall with a new novel, which will be published simultaneously in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States on September 13.

“Lessons” covers the history of the past 70 years, beginning with World War II, and including the current pandemic and climate change, through “the prism of one man’s life”, according to its publisher Knopf Canada , an imprint of Penguin Random Loger.

McEwan, now 74, has a longtime editorial relationship with Knopf Canada founder Louise Dennys, who first published McEwan with the company in 1992 with her book “Black Dogs.”

Her most recent novels have focused on topical issues and taken narrative risks, including her 2016 book “Nutshell,” which was told by a fetus; in his 2019 book ‘The Cockroach’, which tackled Brexit, he imagined the British Prime Minister as an insect-turned-human, mimicking Franz Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’.

McEwan has written 17 books, including his 1998 Booker Prize-winning novel Amsterdam.


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Irene B. Bowles