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The much-anticipated new novel from the literary world's master of storytelling, Edna O'Brien.A woman discovers that the foreigner she thinks will redeem her life is a notorious war criminal.Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. All of that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed.Fidelma, disgraced, flees to England and seeks work among the other migrants displaced by wars and persecution. But it is not until she confronts him-her nemesis-at the tribunal in the Hague, that her physical and emotional journey reaches its breathtaking climax.The Little Red Chairs is a story about love, and the endless search for it. It is also a story about mankind's fascination with evil and how long and crooked the road towards home is.
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The great Edna O'Brien has written her masterpiece. (Philip Roth)
An extraordinary triumph ... This is storytelling of the highest order, resounding with the empathy and authority we yearn for in fine writing ... Edna O'Brien is one of the greatest Irish writers, of this or any era. (Joseph O'Connor Sunday Independent)
Edna O'Brien has created a memorable work of art for our unsettled times ... Her prose is as lyrically arresting as ever, her vision as astute, and as delicate. The Little Red Chairs is notable for its interweaving of the near-mythical and the urgent present, and for its unflinching exploration of the complex and lasting effects of human brutality ... at once arduous and beautiful. (Claire Messud Financial Times)
O'Brien is a very gifted novelist ... There is much to think about in this rich, searching and enthralling book, a novel of ideas as well as emotions, and arguably one of the most interesting and ambitious ever written by an Irish author. (Éilís Ní Dhuibhne Irish Times)
The product of an extraordinary talent ... a novel that leaves an indelible impression - gorgeously written and fiercely humane. (Stephanie Cross Daily Mail)
Authoritative and engrossing ... filled with a narrative energy and aplomb ... O'Brien is among the most compellingly observant of present-day novelists. (Patricia Craig Independent)
Magnificent ... O'Brien has broadened her focus to the international arena, letting out a forceful cry against human brutality ... a timely and defiant book. (Lucy Atkins Sunday Times)
This isn't simply a story about hope, deception and betrayal. O'Brien questions the nature of evil throughout but also wonders whether there is room for redemption and how we can find our way back to the flock. While O'Brien remains a literary great, she wears this mantle lightly in this provocative, moving, masterly and offbeat work. (Fiona Wilson The Times)
The Little Red Chairs is a daring invention set at the bloody crossroads where worlds collide: savage, tender and true. (John Banville)
Edna O'Brien . . . is writing at full throttle: The Little Red Chairs brings together the ghosts of Ireland and eastern Europe in a narratively complex and psychologically incisive novel about private and public betrayals. (Mark Lawson Guardian)
Ten years on from her last novel, Edna O'Brien reminds us why she is thought to be one of the great Irish writers of this and any generation.
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