O inocente

Editora Companhia das Letras
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Em meados da década de 50, Berlim está dividida segundo a lógica da Guerra Fria. A cidade ainda exibe marcas dos bombardeios da Segunda Guerra, mas tem uma vida noturna intensa - e bastante americanizada. Para fazer dinheiro nesse momento de reconstrução, alguns jovens trabalham como informantes para espiões dos países que controlam a Alemanha. Esse é o cenário que o jovem técnico do governo britânico Leonard Marnham encontra ao chegar a Berlim Ocidental para trabalhar na Operação Gold, uma missão secreta dos serviços de inteligência dos Estados Unidos e da Grã-Bretanha. A operação - que de fato existiu - consiste na escavação de um túnel sob a região controlada pelos soviéticos para instalar escutas nas principais linhas de comunicação com o Leste Europeu. Longe dos pais, com quem levava uma vida pacata em Londres, o tímido e ingênuo Leonard se sente, pela primeira vez, um homem livre e passa por uma dupla iniciação, sexual e política. Sob influência do chefe americano, o jovem começa a desvendar os meandros do mundo da espionagem. Ao mesmo tempo, conhece Maria Eckdorf, uma bela alemã que o apresenta ao sexo e ao amor. Ao lado de Maria, porém, Leonard acaba por cometer uma atrocidade e sua vida se transforma num pesadelo. O inglês Ian McEwan é comparado a Henry James por conta do apuro formal de suas narrativas. Em O inocente (1990), o autor alia o fascínio das histórias de espionagem à fantasmagoria dos retratos psicológicos. Vencedor do Booker Prize 1998 por Amsterdam, McEwan foi indicado ao mesmo prêmio por Reparação, publicado pela Companhia das Letras em 2002.
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Nasceu em Aldershot, Inglaterra, em 1948. É um dos ficcionistas mais importantes de sua geração. Seus livros já lhe renderam uma série de prêmios literários, entre eles o Booker Prize e o Whitbread Award.
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Editora Companhia das Letras
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Published on
Nov 10, 2003
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Pages
328
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ISBN
9788580861655
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Language
Portuguese
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
Literary Collections / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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Ian McEwan is known to skirt the edge with his writing; the fringes of society, to test the limits of what we can handle perhaps in our worlds as we bring his writing home with us and allow a whole new being to enter. So it is with The Cement Garden, the story of dying family who live in a dying part of the city. The father of four children decides, in an effort to make his garden easier to control, to pave it over. In the process, he has a heart attack and dies, leaving the cement garden unfinished and the children to the care of their mother. Soon after, the mother too dies and the children, fearful of being separated by social services, decide to cover up their parents’ deaths: they bury their mother in the cement garden.

ll of the children are free thinking independent-minded teenagers. The story is told from the point of view of Jack, one of the sons, the narrator who is entering adolescence with all of its curiosity and appetites that he must contend with (along with the sure confusion of what the children have done). Julie, the eldest, is almost a grown woman. Sue is rather bookish and observes all that goes on around her. And Tom is the youngest and the baby of the lot.

The children seem to manage in this perverse setting rather well until Julie brings home a boyfriend who threatens their secret by asking too many questions (like what is buried beneath the cement pile, etc), surely threatening the status quo (however morbid) that the children have come to accept as “normal” and as “home”. We understand through McEwan that home is not to be defined by anyone else but it is, instead, what you know and have known that makes you feel safe, even if it is rather dangerous and macabre.

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