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The Dark

John McGahern

The Dark by John McGahern is the great Irish writer’s second novel, set in rural Ireland and dealing with adolescence and the powerful but ambiguous relationship between son and widower father.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571225675
Date Published
05.06.2008
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Summary

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, undemonstrative mastery, McGahern explores with precision and tenderness a human situation, superficially very ordinary, but inwardly an agony of longing and despair.

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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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