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The Dark

John McGahern

‘The best novel to come out of Ireland for many years.’ Irish Times

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ISBN
9780571250219
Date Published
19.02.2009
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Summary

The Dark, John McGahern’s second novel, is set in rural Ireland. The themes – that McGahern has made his own – are adolescence and a guilty, yet uncontrollable sexuality that is contorted and twisted by both a 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.

‘It creates a small world indelibly and without recourse to deliberate heightening effects of prose. There are few writers whose work can be anticipated with such confidence and excitement.’ Sunday Times

‘One of the greatest writers of our era.’ Hilary Mantel, New Statesman

Critic Reviews

'A perfectly written tour de force...It creates a small world indelibly and without recourse to deliberate heightening effects of prose. There are few writers whose work can be anticipated with such confidence and excitement'

Sunday Times
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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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