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The Blind Assassin

narrator Robert Bockstael; Anik Obonsawin; Tom McCamus; Patricia Hamilton; Fiona Reid & Amy Rutherford, by Margaret Atwood, dramatized by Michael O’Brien

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list price: $29.95
also available: Paperback Paperback Paperback
category: Fiction
published: Sep 2005
ISBN:9780864924018
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In this mesmerizing dramatization of Atwood's Booker Prize-winning novel, Iris Chase reflects on her privileged yet troubled youth in 1930s Toronto and the events leading up to the car crash that killed her younger sister. A spine-tingling mystery nested within a tragic love story, The Blind Assassin interweaves Iris's confessional memoir with excerpts from a posthumously published erotic novel that earned dead Laura a cult following. The tension between these alternating storylines coils ever tighter until the last of the Chase family secrets is released in a stunning twist. The Blind Assassin is dramatized by Michael O'Brien, who also adapted Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale. O'Brien's brilliantly paced production features a cast of 20 and stars Patricia Hamilton, Amy Rutherford and Anick Obonsawin as Iris at different stages of her life. Tom McCamus plays the mysterious "He" of the steamy novel-within-the-novel, while Robert Bockstael and Fiona Reid are memorably vicious as Iris's wealthy husband and sister-in-law. The Blind Assassin was a finalist in the 2005 New York Festivals Radio Awards.

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Robert Bockstael

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Anik Obonsawin

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Margaret Atwood

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat’s Eye, finalist for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

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Michael O’Brien

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat’s Eye, finalist for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

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Tom McCamus

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat’s Eye, finalist for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

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Patricia Hamilton

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat’s Eye, finalist for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

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Fiona Reid

Illustrations and text are by Fiona Reid, accomplished naturalist, author and illustrator of the Peterson Field Guide to Mammals™. She lives in Milton, Ontario.
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Amy Rutherford

Illustrations and text are by Fiona Reid, accomplished naturalist, author and illustrator of the Peterson Field Guide to Mammals™. She lives in Milton, Ontario.
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Editorial Review

"Atwood's Booker Prize-winning novel, with its 1930s setting and stories within stories, is well suited to audio dramatization . . . Abundant sound effects make the production much richer than many audiobooks; it sometimes seems like a movie without the visuals, with chirping birds, clinking silverware and the murmur of crowds filling in the background. Music that alternates between a lovely, slightly melancholy theme and an ominous one, helps highlight the shifts from the protagonist Iris's personal history to her retelling of the novel. The skills of the cast almost make such extras unnecessary: the three women who play Iris at different ages capture her brilliant but frustrated spirit perfectly, while the actresses for her troubled younger sister, Laura, find just the right blend of dreaminess and defiance." — Publishers Weekly starred review

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