Author(s): Ian McEwan
Set in late 1980s Europe at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Black Dogs is the intimate story of the crumbling of Bernard and June Tremaine's marriage, as witnessed by their son-in-law, Jeremy, who seeks to comprehend how their deep love could be defeated by ideological differences that seem irreconcilable. In writing June's memoirs, Jeremy is led back to a moment, that was, for June, as devastating and irreversible in its consequences as the changes sweeping Europe in Jeremy's own time. Ian McEwan weaves the sinister reality of civilization's darkest moods -- its black dogs -- with the tensions that both create love and destroy it.
I judge it his best yet, which I should make clear is saying a great deal - Observer 20020218
Shortlisted for Booker Prize for Fiction 1992.
Ian McEwan has written two collections of stories, as well as many novels and screenplays. He won the 1998 Booker Prize for Amsterdam, and was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize for Atonement.