Celebrated English author Ian McEwan will publish a new novel later this year, his first full-length work of fiction in three years.
Alfred A. Knopf will publish classes in the fall, the press announced in a press release. Knopf calls the book “a powerful meditation on history and humanity told through the prism of one man’s life.”
The novel follows Roland Baines from his childhood in the post-World War II period to the present day. “Too haunted by missed opportunities, he seeks solace by any means necessary: music, literature, friends, sex, politics, and, finally, love that is tragically broken down and eventually redeemed,” says Knopf.
McEwan, known for novels such as lasting love† On Chesil Beach† and penance, has been nominated six times for the Booker Prize; he won the prestigious literary prize in 1998 for: Amsterdam† His last books were a novel, Machines like meand a novella, the cockroachboth published in the US in 2019.
Reagan Arthur, publisher of Knopf, said “it’s a thrill” to add McEwan to Knopf’s roster.
†classes is a deeply moving and exciting new novel that captures the full arc of a man’s life as it unfolds against the backdrop of our tumultuous times, a life full of moral dilemmas, heartbreak and ultimately determination,” said Arthur. “Ian stays on. the pinnacle of his abilities with this compelling and profound novel.”
classes is scheduled for release on September 13.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.