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Ian McEwan: On Making Love Work in Fiction (video)

“It’s very difficult to do happiness in novels in a sustained way.”

In this video recorded by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art earlier this year, Ian McEwan reflects on making romantic love work in fiction, the amazing evolution of the novel as a genre, and the mature writer as a toddler of old age.

Ian McEwan has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize six times, winning the prize in 1998 for Amsterdam. His most recent novel, Sweet Tooth, was published in 2012.



  1. marlish glorie
    6 November 2013 / 11:14 pm

    Wonderful video starring Ian McEwan, and I strongly agree with him on the point that we have fooled ourselves into thinking that young people are sexually confident and promiscuous etc and that he could set Chisel Beach in 2013 – but I don’t think the couple would have to be Muslim, they could be any young couple in modern day society.

  2. Andrew
    7 November 2013 / 1:07 am

    I have had my issues with Ian McEwan since his short-story ‘Pornography’…for personal reasons! ; but now he has evolved,slowly and painfully, into the quintisessential English writer of modern literary fiction. I partiularly liked his point about not rejecting traditional narrative forms simply for the sake of modernity.Writers should,as in the analogy with scientists,stand on the shoulders of giants…in a world full of literary tyroes of restricted growth!

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