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Book Title: Die Besucherin|
The author of the book: Maeve Brennan
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.83 MB
Edition: Steidl Verlag Göttingen
Date of issue: 2006
ISBN 13: 9783865213495
Read full description of the books:When The Springs of Affection, Maeve Brennan's collection of Dublin stories, was published in 1997, the poet Eamon Grennan called it a classic, a book that placed Brennan "among the best Irish short-story writers since Joyce". It was followed by The Rose Garden, which collected all of Brennan's remaining short stories -- fiction so good that one critic, Katherine Powers of the Boston Globe, "kept putting the book down to postpone] the evil hour when the stories would be done".Now, quite unexpectedly, Brennan's oeuvre is immeasurably deepened and broadened by one last book -- a novella, till now unpublished, written in the 1940s. Recently discovered in a university archive, it is the early work of a mature artist -- a further story of Dublin, and of the unkind, ungenerous, emotionally unreachable side of the Irish temper. It is complete and of a piece with her greatest short stories.
The Visitor is the haunting tale of Anastasia King, who, at the age of twenty-two, returns to her grandmother's house -- the very house where she grew up -- after six long years away. She had been in Pans, comforting her disgraced and dying mother, the runaway from a disastrous marriage to Anastasia's late father, the grandmother's only son. "It's a pity she sent for you, Anastasia", the grandmother says, "and a pity you went after her. It broke your father's heart". Anastasia pays dearly for the choice she made, a choice that now costs her own strong sense of family and makes her an exile -- a visitor -- in the place she once called home.
Read information about the authorMaeve Brennan (January 6, 1917–1993) was an Irish short story writer and journalist. She moved to the United States in 1934 when her father was appointed to the Irish Legation in Washington. She was an important figure in both Irish diaspora writing and in Irish writing itself. Collections of her articles, short stories, and a novella have been published.
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