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The Dark

John McGahern

The celebrated second novel by ‘one of the greatest writers of our era’ (Hilary Mantel) and ‘the Irish novelist everyone should read’ (Colm Tóibín) is ‘a perfectly written tour de force’ (Sunday Times).

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571225675
Date Published
05.06.2008
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Summary

The celebrated second novel by ‘one of the greatest writers of our era’ (Hilary Mantel) and ‘the Irish novelist everyone should read’ (Colm Tóibín) is ‘a perfectly written tour de force’ (Sunday Times) and ‘the best novel to come out of Ireland in many years.’ (Irish Times)

Set in rural Ireland, John McGahern’s second novel is about adolescence and a guilty, yet uncontrollable sexuality that is contorted and twisted by both puritanical state religion and a strange, powerful and ambiguous relationship between son and widower father. Against a background evoked with quiet mastery, McGahern explores with precision and tenderness a human situation, superficially very ordinary, but inwardly an agony of longing and despair.

‘Wise and compelling … Elegiac and graceful.’ David Mitchell
‘I have admired, even loved, John McGahern’s work since his first novel.’ Melvyn Bragg

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Born in 1934, John McGahern was the eldest of seven children, raised on a farm in the West of Ireland. The son of a Garda sergeant who had served as an IRA volunteer in the Irish War of Independence, he was devastated by his mother’s death when he was nine. An outstanding student, McGahern studied at University College Dublin and…

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