Ian McEwan, also known by the nickname "Ian Macabre", is a seasoned English novelist and screenwriter regarded as one of the best British writers of his generation. He is known for publishing several famous novels such as 1978's The Cement Garden, 1981's The Comfort of Strangers and 2001's Atonement, which was later adapted into the Academy Award-nominated 2007 film Atonement.
He was married to Penry Allen from 1982 to 1995. The marriage produced two sons. His second marriage was to Annalena McAfee in 1997.
Over the years, he has won a number of prestigious awards, including a Booker Prize in 1998 and a Jerusalem Prize in 2011.
He is an outspoken atheist.
In 2008, he raised few eyebrows when he condemned Islamism's views on homosexuality and women.
A twenty-one-year-old writer is likely to be inhibited by a lack of usable experience. Childhood and adolescence were something I knew.Ian McEwan
By concentrating on what is good in people, by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice, and by asking them to put their faith in the future, socialists put themselves at a severe disadvantage.Ian McEwan
I actually find novels that are determined to be funny at every turn quite oppressive.Ian McEwan
I apologize for being obvious, but every time I watch the curtain come down on even a halfway decent production of a Shakespeare play I feel a little sorrowful that I'll never know the man, or any man of such warm intelligence.Ian McEwan
I don't believe there's any inherent darkness at the center of religion at all. I think religion actually is a morally neutral force.Ian McEwan
I think of novels in architectural terms. You have to enter at the gate, and this gate must be constructed in such a way that the reader has immediate confidence in the strength of the building.Ian McEwan
In my experience an appreciative letter from a fellow writer means a lot.Ian McEwan
London in the '70s was a pretty catastrophic dump, I can tell you. We had every kind of industrial trouble we had severe energy problems we were under constant terrorist attack from Irish terrorist groups who started a bombing campaign in English cities politics were fantastically polarized between left and right.Ian McEwan
My parents were keen for me to have the education they themselves never had. They weren't able to guide me towards particular books, but they encouraged me to read, which I did, randomly and compulsively.Ian McEwan
One has to have the courage of one's pessimism.Ian McEwan
One important theme is the extent to which one can ever correct an error, especially outside any frame of religious forgiveness. All of us have done something we regret - how we manage to remove that from our conscience, or whether that's even possible, interested me.Ian McEwan
Politics is the enemy of the imagination.Ian McEwan
True intelligence requires fabulous imagination.Ian McEwan
What reader wants to be told what attitude to strike?Ian McEwan
is a famous English writer,
who was born on
June 21, 1948. As a person born on this date, Ian McEwan is listed in our database as the 19th
most popular celebrity for the day (June 21) and the 83rd most popular for the year (1948).
People born on June 21
fall under the Zodiac sign of Cancer, the Crab.
Ian McEwan is the 671st most popular Cancer.
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