The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch

The Sea, the Sea is the 19th novel by Iris Murdoch. It won the Booker Prize in 1978. The Sea, the Sea is a tale of the strange obsessions that haunt a self-satisfied playwright and director as he begins to write his memoirs. Played out against a vividly rendered landscape and filled with allusions to myth and magic, Murdoch's novel exposes the jumble of motivations that drive her characters - the human vanity, jealousy, and lack of compassion behind the disguises they present to the world.

The 182nd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 31st on The 100 Best Books of World Literature (
  2. - 61st on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  3. - 83rd on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  4. - 98th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  5. - Man Booker Prize (Man Booker Prize)
  6. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)
  7. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  8. - The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 (Flavor Wire)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Sea, the Sea (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback 75253 $13.26 $4.96 2001
El mar, el mar / The sea, the sea (Bibl.I.Mur) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 12622987 $32.95 $30.66 2004
Sea, the Sea Hardcover 3284789 $163.03 $7.69 1978
El mar, el mar / The Sea, the Sea (Narrativa) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 1912806 $18.69 $19.46 2020
Iris Murdoch: The Sea, the Sea, a Severed Head & Something Special: A BBC Radio Collection Audible Audiobook 138161 $24.81 2020
El Mar, El Mar/ the Sea, the Sea (Contemporanea / Contemporary) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 8556296 $11.58 2006
The Sea, the Sea: Vintage Classics Murdoch Series Audible Audiobook 204122 $24.81 2019
The Sea, The Sea (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) Kindle Edition 691289 2001
The Sea, The Sea Paperback 1133145 $10.58 $0.74
The Sea, The Sea (Vintage Booker) Kindle Edition 48454 $7.03 2008
The Sea, the Sea Paperback 364020 $11.97 $0.01 1980
The Sea, the Sea Hardcover 1983748 $139.30 $14.63 1978
El mar, el mar (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 1372794 2011
Sea the Sea Paperback 2560244 $109.10 $0.01 1980