"My Purple Scented Novel" by Ian McEwan Originally published in the March 28, 2016 issue of The New Yorer. Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker website.
Ian McEwan is back in The New Yorker. I used to love McEwan’s work, but I’m part of that crowd that prefers things pre-Atonement. Yes, “typical.” I’m almost always, though, a fan of his writing and find that anything he writes goes down nicely, even when it doesn’t say much to me, as in recent years.
So, does McEwan have another novel on the horizon from which we derive this piece of fiction? It doesn’t look like it. The magazine’s “Contributors” section says, “This story was inspired by ‘L’Image Volée,’ a group art show curated by Thomas Demand, now on view at the Fondazione Prada, in Milan.” Sounds . . . well, I’ll let you fill in the blank for yourself.
I look forward to any thoughts you have in the comments below!