The Blind Assassin

Added July 13, 2014
  • The Blind Assasin
  • Margaret Atwood
  • McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2000


The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize. It was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Award. It was Time magazine’s best book of 2000 and they added it to their list of the 100 Greatest English language novels since 1923. It quickly became a Book of the Month Club main selection.

It garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Newsday said, “The first great novel of the new millennium.”

It is a work of historical fiction, weaving Canadian history of the 1930′s and 40′s into the narrative and including newspaper articles from this period.

the-blind_-assassin-copy_ Atwood ┬áis one of Canada’s hopefuls for the Nobel Prize for literature. She is a prolific writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, as well as TV scripts and operatic libretti.

This book is a true first edition in fine/fine condition, inscribed by Atwood in her typical style. I found this book at a local yard sale for $3. Somewhere in my collection I have another signed copy of this novel, inscribed to me.

Atwood co-invented the Longpen, a remote signing device that can reproduce the author’s signature, in ink, from any location, as well as allow for an audio and video conversation between the fan and the author.

With this device, an author could conceivably do a virtual book tour from the comfort of their own home. the-blind_-assassin-signature

True first editions with condition issues can be found for as low as $65 today on AbeBooks. I would think this copy would fetch $125. With just Atwood’s signature and no inscription, the value would be slightly higher. Prices go up to $325 for a fine copy that is signed, dated and has a line from the book written in by Atwood.

Atwood does a lot of signing, so it keeps the value of her autographed novels more affordable. Still, it is best to buy your signed copies when the books first come out, because over time the values do increase.

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