The Blind Assassin

Added July 11, 2011
  • 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.

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 T.V. scripts and an operatic libretto.

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 robotic hand that can reproduce the author’s signature from a remote location. With this device, an author could conceivably do a virtual book tour, including signing copies of their work, from the comfort of home. the-blind_-assassin-signature

Copies like this can be found for as low as $65 today on AbeBooks. With just Atwood’s signature and no inscription, prices are slightly higher. Prices go up to $265 for a 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 signed true first editions affordable. Still, now is the time to buy, because over time the values should increase.

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