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Topic - Ian Mcewan
Put Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan on a stage and expect a night of high art and schoolboy humor, of reading, writing and Christopher Hitchens. The three literary stars, all in their 60s and friends for more than half their lives, appeared together Monday night in New York.
Early on in "Sweet Tooth," Ian McEwan has his heroine, Serena Frome (rhymes with "plume"), a young employee of Britain's MI-5 internal security bureau in the early 1970s, describe her own reading habits:
When British novelist Ian McEwan accepted a prestigious Israeli literary award this week, he used the occasion to criticize Israeli policies in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Renowned Italian writer Umberto Eco said at an Israeli book fair Wednesday that boycotting scholars for their governments' policies is akin to racism.
Celebrated Italian writer Umberto Eco says boycotting scholars for their governments' policies is "a form of racism" and "absolutely crazy."
Renowned British novelist Ian McEwan accepted an Israeli literary prize in Jerusalem Sunday with harsh criticism of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, after British writers called on the author to stay home because of Israel's policies toward Palestinians.
Vocal atheist Christopher Hitchens has completed writing his 400-page memoir, "Hitch-22." Mr. Hitchens, a Briton, has gained a name as an outspoken essayist, author and columnist.
It's hard to imagine anyone but Brenda Blethyn in the role of Jean, the larger-than-life mother in the dysfunctional-family comedy opening today, "Introducing the Dwights."
At the time, Mr. McEwan thought he had pulled off a triumph of "cunning," he explained.
"That's what's so painful," Mr. McEwan said of Hitchens, adding that such a life and "combination of genes" were unlikely to be seen again.