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Title: Atonement (2001)
Author: Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan (b. 1948) is a British author and screenwriter. He is widely regarded as one of the most important contemporary British writers and has received numerous awards, including the Booker Prize for the novel Amsterdam (1998). His most well-known novels include Atonement (2001), On Chesil Beach (2007), and The Children Act (2014). Many of his novels have been adapted into films, including the award-winning adaptation of Atonement starring Keira Knightly and James McAvoy.
The novel Atonement tells the story of Briony, a writer who is haunted by a serious mistake made during her childhood years. The novel takes place in three time periods and deals with themes such as: the power of storytelling, forgiveness, and loss of innocence, focusing also on the importance of social class. Atonement was very well received and publications such as The Guardian, Time, and The Telegraph included it in their lists of the 100 best novels of all time.
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