Ian McEwan: In Between the Sheets

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Three years after his first collection of short stories caused a stir across literary circles, and in the same year as his first novel, The Cement Garden (1978) appeared, Ian McEwan published a second volume even more experimental and disturbing than its predecessor. While First Love, Last Rites (1975) had shocked many with its grimy evocation of twentieth-century attitudes and social structures, In Between the Sheets (1978) pushed further the limits of realism into the frightening realm of the fantastic, earning its author the nickname “Ian Macabre”. The seven stories that form In Between the Sheets cross temporal and spatial boundaries not attempted in First Love, Last Rites, …

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Gildersleeve, Jessica. "In Between the Sheets". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 November 2007
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