Reading in the Dark

 12.00

by Seamus Deane

Reading In The Dark is a swift, masterful transformation of family griefs and political violence into something at once rhapsodic and heartbreaking. If Isaac Babel had been born in Derry, he might have written this sudden, brilliant book. ― Seamus Heaney

 

Reading in the Dark

This is the story of a haunted Irish childhood.

The setting is Derry in the Northern Ireland of the 40s and 50s, fraught with political hatred, family secrets and lethal intrigue. As a young boy tries to make sense of life, poverty and violence shift and obscure the facts; meanwhile his night-time reading of Irish legends weaves enchantment through reality. Claustrophobic but lyrically charged, breathtakingly sad but vibrant and unforgettable, this is one of the finest books about growing up – in Ireland or anywhere – that has ever been written.

About the Author

Born in Derry in 1940, Seamus Deane has published several books of criticism and poetry; his essay collection ‘Small World: Ireland 1800-2000‘ will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. He lives in Dublin.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.7 × 3 × 19.8 cm

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