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'His stories are so resonant and frightening because they are totally original. They are about the recognisable world of private fantasy and nightmare - a world, despite our protestations to the contrary, we are all involved in' - Observer

Call them transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of the psyche, the seven stories in this collection engage and implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable. A two-timing pornographer becomes an unwilling object in the fantasies of one of his victims. A jaded millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress and plunges into a hell of jealousy and despair. And in the course of a weekend with his teenage daughter, a guilt-ridden father discovers the depths of his own blundering innocence.

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  • Paperback

    9780099754718

    July 4, 1997

    Vintage

    144 pages

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    9781409090175

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    176 pages

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Also by Ian McEwan

Nutshell
On Chesil Beach (Vintage Summer)
The Children Act
Sweet Tooth
First Love, Last Rites
Solar
For You
On Chesil Beach
Saturday
Rose Blanche
Atonement
Amsterdam
Black Dogs
The Innocent
Enduring Love
The Child In Time
The Cement Garden
The Comfort Of Strangers
The Daydreamer

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Swing Time
Men Without Women
Paris For One And Other Stories
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girls
The Mistress
The Bone Collection
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker