London : Jonathan Cape, 1978
First edition. 8vo (21cm). 138 pp. Original green cloth; lettered in gilt; top edge green; neat gift inscription on front free endpaper; otherwise clean and unmarked in a fine, protected dust-jacket.
McEwan’s haunting first novel was his first success and marked him as a bold new voice in British literature. The Cement Garden tells the story of four orphaned siblings, who decide to hide their mother’s body in the basement, encased in cement, in order to avoid being split up by social services. As they struggle to maintain their secret, the two older siblings begin to experience incestuous longings for each other. The novel was eventually adapted into a film in 1993 by director Andrew Birkin, and starred Charlotte Gainsbourg and Andrew Robertson.
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