The Innocent (novel)The Innocent Author Ian McEwanCountry EnglandLanguage EnglishPublisherJonathan CapePublication date 1990Media type HardcoverPages 231 ISBN0224027832
The Innocent is a 1990 novel by British writer Ian McEwan. The novel takes place in 1950s Berlin at the height of the Cold War and centres on the joint CIA/MI6 operation to build a tunnel from the American sector of Berlin into the Russian sector to tap the phone lines of the Soviet High Command.
Leonard Marnham is a 25-year-old Englishman who sets up and repairs the tape recorders used in the tunnel. He falls in love with Maria Eckdorf, a 30-year-old divorced German. The story revolves around their relationship and Leonard's role in the operation.
McEwan also wrote the screenplay for the 1993 movie.v • d • eWorksby Ian McEwanNovels:
The Cement Garden (1978) • The Comfort of Strangers (1981) • The Child in Time (1987) • The Innocent (1990) • Black Dogs (1992) • Enduring Love (1997) • Amsterdam (1998) • Atonement (2001) • Saturday (2005) • On Chesil Beach (2007)Story collections: First Love, Last Rites(1975) • In Between the Sheets (1978) Children's novels: Rose Blanche (1985) • The Daydreamer (1994) Screenplays: