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Or Shall We Die?

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 27th 1987 by Jonathan Cape (first published 1983)
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Mohit Parikh
Jul 07, 2012 Mohit Parikh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who chance find it in used books section
The 1989 edition starts with a preface that is about one-fifth the size of the collection and is the meatiest. Ian McEwan talks about his struggle to write a novel on the Cold War era political environment because he 'knew too much'. He had strong political opinions, even solutions for then current crisis (Falkland Wars), and that stunted him as a novelist. He was burdened with facts and figures and morality. So, he talks passingly of the political novels that survive the test of time (The Trial ...more
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Wasn't sure what to expect from an oratorio, but 'Or Shall We Die' is spine-chilling. The Cold War may be over, but it's lost none of its power.
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Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last
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