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The Pen Friend

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More than twenty years after the end of their love affair, Gabriel receives a series of cryptic postcards from his old flame. Inspired to write his own letter, Gabriel dwells in sensuous detail on perfumes, clothes, and conversations as he tries to recapture the spirit of their romance in 1980s Belfast. As Gabriel teases out the significance of the postcards, the layers of meaning in the images and messages, his reveries develop into richly textured meditations on writing, memory, spiritualism, and surveillance. The result is an elaborate and intricate web of fact and fiction, a narrative that marries sharp historical insights with imaginative exuberance, a strange and wonderful novel confirming Ciaran Carson as one of Ireland's most exciting writers. """"Surprisingly effective as a novel. When a bomb goes off in a café, it showers the narrative with a kind of Belfast confetti, shrapnel-sharp questions that lend the story of Gabriel and Nina a new urgency.""""-The Virginia Quarterly Review, Summer 2010""Carson's prose works collectively reveal a mind at work, a mond that is well worth attending to as it begins to make sense of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.""-World Literature Today This is unmistakably a novel written by a poet whose sense of the porousness of language speaks to both a post-modern sensibility and the acute ear of a bilingual writer.""-Irish Literary Supplement

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CIARAN CARSON is Professor of Poetry and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's University Belfast. His translation of the Old Irish epic Tain Bo Cuailnge (The Tain) was published by Penguin Classics in 2007. He has published numerous collections of poetry, including The New Estate (Blackstaff Press, 1976) which won the Eric Gregory Award; and he has written two prose books, including The Pocket Guide to Irish Traditional Music (The Appletree Press, 1996). He is a member of Aosdana and lives in Belfast.

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Surprisingly effective as a novel. When a bomb goes off in a café, it showers the narrative with a kind of Belfast confetti, shrapnel-sharp questions that lend the story of Gabriel and Nina a new urgency. --Virginia Quarterly Review

Carson's prose works collectively reveal a mind at work, a mond that is well worth attending to as it begins to make sense of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. --World Literature Today

This is unmistakably a novel written by a poet whose sense of the porousness of language speaks to both a post-modern sensibility and the acute ear of a bilingual writer. --Irish Literary Supplement

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Book Description Blackstaff Press Ltd, United Kingdom, 2010. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 194 x 140 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. I write to try to see you as you were, or what you have become. You left no forwarding address: that was part of your intention. For when we wrote those letters to each other all those years ago, we wrote as much for ourselves as for each other. More than twenty years after the end of their love affair, Gabriel receives a cryptic postcard from old flame Nina. It is the first of thirteen cards from her, each one provoking a series of reveries about their life together in 1980s Belfast. The Pen Friend is, however, much more than a love story. As Gabriel teases out the significance of the cards, his reveries develop into richly textured meditations on writing, memory, spiritualism and surveillance. The result is an intricate web of fact and fiction - moving easily between such varied subjects as the Troubles, Esperanto and John Lavery - a strange and wonderful novel by one of our finest Irish writers. If you enjoyed The Pen Friend, you might also enjoy Ciaran Carson s Exchange Place, a brilliant thriller set in Paris and Belfast. Bookseller Inventory # AGM9780856408151

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