One of Ireland's most important writers at his finest. Written over a period of twelve years, these stories seem to move nowehere with relentless, slow precision, yet each is as fulfilling and rich with suggestion as a full-scale novel.
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Desmond Hogan is the author of A Link with the River.From Publishers Weekly:
"It had been an old custom in Ireland to drive at least one of your family out, to England, to the mental hospital, to the sea or to a bad marriage," says the narrator in one of the 25 stories in this stirring collection. Hogan, from the West of Ireland and just now reaching mid-career ( Children of Lir ), tells tale after tale about life in exiles both actual and imagined, and he does so in rich and supple language, unquickened by postmodern angst: "Boris Cleary was thin, nervously thin, black-haired, a blackness smoothing the parts of his face which he'd shaved and the very first thing Magella noticed about him was a smell from the back of his neck, as from wild flowers lost in the deep woods. . . ." Hogan is drawn to the marginal sites where crises of identity are in full flame--gypsies, gays, artists, the devout. In the book's most compelling story, "A Poet and an Englishman," a tinker couple moves from "dark and bloody" Belfast to Kerry. She understands his wandering, his abused childhood, his bisexuality; he contains her fears with the tough confidence he has somehow mastered; both portraits are enriched with the mystery of real persons. Hogan's take on Ireland is not bitter; he doesn't forgive its parochialism but rather insists on the possibility of survival, although the links, via language and memory, to the many "tributaries of childhood," remain. This is a rousing, provocative collection.
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0374184615
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0374184615
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0374184615 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1926836