“Perhaps the greatest reading pleasure has an element of self-annihilation. To be so engrossed that you barely know you exist.”
– taken from an interview in The New York Times Review of Books, December 9th, 2012
McEwan is author of Atonement, which was made into a movie starring Keira Knightley, and Sweet Tooth, his latest, twelfth novel, whose narrator, Serena Frome, describes her work against Communist propaganda at a desk job for MI5 in Cold War 1970’s Britain. While McEwan would love to talk to Shakespeare about his private life and admires Hamlet – which he calls a “world historical moment” as the protagonist, a fully realized character, exposes his inner self to the audience – McEwan believes Joyce’s “The Dead,” which he has read many times, to be a perfect work of literature.
– Eleni Anastasiou