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Encyclopedia > The Bourne Identity (novel)
The Bourne Identity
Author Robert Ludlum
Country United States
Language English
Series Jason Bourne, Bourne Trilogy
Genre(s) Thriller, Spy novel
Publisher G. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date 1980
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 544 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-553-26011-1
Followed by The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Identity is a 1980 spy fiction thriller novel by Robert Ludlum about an amnesiac who must discover who he is and why several different groups, including an assassin and the CIA, are trying to kill him. It is the first in a series of novels written by Ludlum, and later Eric Van Lustbader, featuring Jason Bourne. Richard Chamberlain, right, as John Blackthorne, and John Rhys-Davies, left, as the Portuguese Pilot Vasco Rodrigues in the Shogun television miniseries. ... For the 2002 film staring Matt Damon, see The Bourne Identity (film). ... Matthew Paige Matt Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American screenwriter and actor. ... For the 1980 novel by Robert Ludlum, see The Bourne Identity (novel). ... Image File history File links The_Bourne_Identity. ... Robert Ludlum (May 25, 1927 New York City â€“ March 12, 2001 Naples, Florida) was an American author of 29 thriller novels, and was educated at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Information Aliases Delta One, Jason Bourne, Cain, John Michael Kane, Charles Briggs, George P. Washburn, Foma Kiniaev, Mr. ... The Bourne Trilogy refers to: the original three Jason Bourne novels by Robert Ludlum The Bourne Identity (1980) The Bourne Supremacy (1986) The Bourne Ultimatum (1990) a trilogy of films starring Matt Damon based on those novels: The Bourne Identity (2002) The Bourne Supremacy (2004) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Categories... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... The spy fiction genre (sometimes called political thriller) first arose just before the First World War, at about the same time, the first organized intelligence agencies were being formed. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... G. P. Putnams Sons was a major United States book publisher based in New York City, New York. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... “ISBN” redirects here. ... The Bourne Supremacy is the second Jason Bourne novel written by Robert Ludlum, first published in 1986. ... For the video game, see Spy Fiction (video game). ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... Robert Ludlum (May 25, 1927 New York City â€“ March 12, 2001 Naples, Florida) was an American author of 29 thriller novels, and was educated at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. ... For other uses, see Amnesia (disambiguation). ... “CIA” redirects here. ... Eric Van Lustbader (1946 - ) is a writer of fantasy and thriller novels. ... Information Aliases Delta One, Jason Bourne, Cain, John Michael Kane, Charles Briggs, George P. Washburn, Foma Kiniaev, Mr. ...


The Bourne Identity was voted the 2nd best spy novel of all-time, right behind John Le Carre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by Publishers Weekly [1], [2] John le Carré is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (born October 19, 1931) in Poole, Dorset, England. ... The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1963 espionage novel by John le Carré, adapted into a 1965 film starring Richard Burton. ... Publishers Weekly is a weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers, and literary agents. ...


The Bourne Identity has been adapted into a 1988 television mini-series starring Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith, and a 2002 movie starring Matt Damon and Franka Potente. For the 2002 film staring Matt Damon, see The Bourne Identity (film). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Richard Chamberlain, right, as John Blackthorne, and John Rhys-Davies, left, as the Portuguese Pilot Vasco Rodrigues in the Shogun television miniseries. ... Jaclyn Smith (born October 26, 1947) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Matthew Paige Matt Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American screenwriter and actor. ... Franka Potente (born on July 22, 1974) is a German film actress. ...


Plot summary

For a more in-depth background of the character Bourne, see Jason Bourne.

The protagonist is found surfing in the Mediterranean Sea with several bullet wounds, including a head wound which has given him amnesia. The doctor treating him finds a message surgically embedded in his hip that contains details of a Swiss bank account, presumably anonymous. Information Aliases Delta One, Jason Bourne, Cain, John Michael Kane, Charles Briggs, George P. Washburn, Foma Kiniaev, Mr. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... Composite satellite image of the Mediterranean Sea. ... For other uses, see Amnesia (disambiguation). ... Swiss banks are world-renowned for their secretive nature and protection of clients. ...


In Nice, France, the protagonist learns that his name is David Webb. While attempting to retrace his steps on his previous visit to the city he attracts the attention of several people who either fear him, warn him of danger, or try to kill him—but they all unhelpfully assume that he already knows why. He begins to suspect, on the basis of circumstantial evidence, that he may have been a professional assassin prior to losing his memory. He also meets a woman named Tupac in France and on the spur of the moment, uses her as a sort of hostage to escape an attempt on his life in a crowded convention hotel. Realizing that he has put her life in danger as well, he risks his own life to prevent her from being executed. This is the first clue that there may be more to the protagonist than a cold-blooded fish. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... David Webb can refer to: David Webb (footballer), an English football (soccer) player and manager. ...


The 1988 miniseries is reasonably true to the plot of the novel, but the film was changed to exclude the subplot about the terrorist Carlos and, equally or more significantly, the fact of Bourne's innocence—it is maintained that he actually was an assassin, though of CIA employ.


Sequels

Ludlum wrote two sequel novels to The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. In addition, after Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader continued the story of the man called Jason Bourne in a sequel titled The Bourne Legacy. He has also written the fifth novel in the series, titled The Bourne Betrayal. For the film see: The Bourne Supremacy (film) The Bourne Supremacy (ISBN 0553263226) is a novel written by Robert Ludlum and a sequel to The Bourne Identity. ... For the 2007 film starring Matt Damon, see The Bourne Ultimatum (film). ... Eric Van Lustbader (1946 - ) is a writer of fantasy and thriller novels. ... Book Cover The Bourne Legacy is a spy fiction thriller written by Eric Van Lustbader and based on the character of Jason Bourne created by author Robert Ludlum. ... The Bourne Betrayal is the title for the upcoming novel by Eric Van Lustbader and the fifth novel in the Jason Bourne series created by Robert Ludlum. ...


See also

  • The 1987 Tamil movie Vetri Vizha starring Kamal Haasan is a loose adaptation of this novel.
  • The teen novel series The Sleeper Conspiracy by Tom Sniegoski is similar to the Bourne series.
  • The underlying storyline of the Belgian comic series XIII is similar to The Bourne Identity.

 
 

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