The Cement Garden


  • The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
  • The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan


    In the relentless summer heat, four abruptly orphaned children retreat into a shadowy, isolated world, and find their own strange and unsettling ways of fending for themselves ...

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  • The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan


London: Jonathan Cape, 1978.

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978.

London: Pan Books, 1980.

New York: Berkley Publishing, 1980.

Le jardin de ciment. Paris: Seuil, 1980 (translated by Claire Malroux).

Gan ha-biton. Tel Aviv: Zemorah, 1980 (Hebrew).

Der zementgarten. Zürich: Diogenes, 1982 (German).

New York: Penguin Books, 1988.

Betonová zahrada. Praha: Volvox Globator, 1988 (Czech: translated by Marie Brabencová-Válková).

London: Picador in association with Jonathan Cape, 1990.

New York: Vintage Books, 1994.

London: Vintage, 1997.

Cement Garden (Estonian). Varrak, 2001.

Selected Reviews and Criticism

Hamilton, Ian, 'Points of Departure', The New Review, 5:2, Autumn 1978: 9-21.

Treglown, Jeremy. 'Down Below', The New Review, 5:2, Autumn 1978: 116-117.

Holmes, Richard, 'Fiction', The Times, 28 September 1978: 8f.

Morrison, Blake. 'Paying Cellarage', Times Literary Supplement, 3991, 29 September 1978: 1077.

Lee, Hermione. 'First Rites', New Statesman, 29 September 1978: 415-416.

Bragg, Melvyn. 'Aims's Thing', Punch, 4 October 1978: 564.

Grumbach, Doris. 'Fine Print', Saturday Review, 14 October 1978: 68-70.

Leonard, John, 'Books of the Times', The New York Times, 21 November 1978: C15.

Tyler, Anne. 'Damaged People: The Cement Garden', New York Times Book Review, 26 November 1978: 11, 92.

Paulin, Tom, 'Abandoned Prefabs: Recent Fiction', Encounter, 52:1, January 1979: 49-50.

Martin, Sandra. 'Punk As Crooned by Perry Como', Maclean's, 12 February 1979: 49-50.

Towers, Robert. 'In Extremis: The Cement Garden', New York Review of Books, 8 March 1979: 8.

Heyman, Harriet. 'Secret Gardens', The Nation, 7 April 1979: 375-376.

Olsen, Pål Gerhard. 'Litteraturens Nødvendige Ubehag', Samtiden: Tidsskrift for Politikk, Lifferatur og Samfunnsspørsmål, 1, 1987: 41.

Duperray, Max, 'Insolite modernité', Etudes Anglaises, 35:4, October-December 1982: 420-429.

Sampson, David, 'McEwan/Barthes', Southern Review, 17:1, March 1984: 68-80.

Wicht, Wolfgang, 'Von David Copperfield Zu Ian McEwans The Cement Garden: Veranderungen Im Diskurs Der Ich-Erzahler', Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik: A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture, 36:4, 1988: 306-317.

Muchnick, Laurie. 'You Must Dismember This', Village Voice, 35:35, 28 August 1990: 102.

Wicht, Wolfgang. 'Ian McEwan: Der Zementgarten', Weimarer Beitrage: Zeitschrift fur Literaturwissenschaft, Asthetik und Kulturwissenschaften, 36:7, 1990: 1146-1156.

Freibergs, Viktors. 'Rituali Pilsetas', Gramata, 2, February 1991: 77-79.

Chanko, Kenneth M. 'A Director Focuses on Children and Incest', New York Times, 6 February 1994: 16.

Malcolm, David, 'Narrational Strategy, Intertextuality and Their Functions in Ian McEwan's Early Fiction', Approaches to Fiction, edited by Leszek S. Kolek (Folium, Lublin, 1996): 161-177.

Williams, Christopher. 'Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden and the Tradition of the Child/Adolescent as "I-Narrator"', Atti del XVI Convegno Nazionale dell'AIA: Ostuni (Brindisi) 14-16 ottobre 1993, Schena Editore, Fasano di Puglia, 1996: 211-223. Full-text is available in .pdf format.

Pedot, Richard. 'Le temps perverti: The Cement Garden de Ian McEwan', Etudes Anglaises: Grande-Bretagne, Etats-Unis, 51:3, July-September 1998: 284-296.

Volkmann, Laurenz. 'Extension of the Battle Zone: Ian McEwan's Cult Novel The Cement Garden', in Beyond Postmodernism: Reassessments in Literature, Theory, and Culture, edited by Klaus Stierstorfer, Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter, 2003: 303-18.

Percec, Dana. "The Horror of Mimesis and the Abject Body in Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden and George Konrad's The Case Worker." B. A. S.: British and American Studies/Revista de Studii Britanice si Americane, 10, 2004: 7-14.