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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

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Pr; First Edition edition (May 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856408158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856408151
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,162,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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