Summer 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 3 InterviewJuly 1, 2007 |

A Conversation with Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan received the 2006 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. He is the author of nine novels, with a new one to appear in the summer of 2007, along with many other works of short fiction, plays, screenplays, and other work. He has also received the Booker Prize and many other honors. David Lynn interviewed Ian McEwan at Bloomberg News on November 9, 2006, in New York.   ▪ ▪   David Lynn: Thank you for taking the time to come in and have this chat. Ian McEwan: Sure.   DL: Early on in your novel Saturday, the central character, a busy surgeon, who is anticipating a day of rest, is thinking about literature, specifically fiction, and how it's never appealed to him. This is the passage: His free time is always fragmented not only by errands, and family obligations, and sports, but by the restlessness that comes with these weekly islands of freedom. He doesn't want to spend his days off lying or even sitting down, nor does

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