Inventory: A River, A City, A Family (Hardback)Darran Anderson (author)
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A smuggler and a deserter, Darran Anderson's grandfathers skirted the Second World War on the fringes of legality. Darran's father survived the height of the political violence in Northern Ireland and Darran came of age during the final years of the Troubles.
As a young man, Darran lost his way in the midst of hedonism, division and isolation. To find a way to exist in the world, he felt compelled to leave his hometown.
But the disappearance of another young man in his family brings him back to the city and its history. Darran walks the banks of the River Foyle, his father and uncle by his side, searching for what has been lost and what might now be said.
Inventory is sunlight, exposing and cleansing. It is a challenge to generations of silence. A portrait of a city, a biography of a family, a record of the objects that make up a life. Darran Anderson's lucid and intimate prose offers a vital new perspective on a troubled history.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 536 g
Dimensions: 231 x 153 x 34 mm
'A book of revelations…large and small, its truths reverberate in the imagination long after you finish reading it.' - The Observer'Inventory is a remarkable memoir; a work of auto-archaeology, really, in which Darran Anderson disinters his own and his country's hard pasts, shaking life, love and loss out of the objects of his youth in Northern Ireland. Bleak, tender, inventive and oddly gripping, this is a book of restless ghosts, written in defiance of darkness, and told by means of diving into what Nabokov once called "the dream life of debris' - Robert Macfarlane
'A portrait of a family and a portrait of a city -- vivid, intense, engrossing, and always beautifully written' - Kevin Barry
'Processed by Anderson's restless, roving intelligence and obsessive curiosity, Derry rises from the pages of this book as a place that's at once intensely familiar and uniquely strange. Crossing the faultlines between family, history and myth, Inventory is a vivid, singular act of memory' - Chris Power
'A searing memoir about growing up in poverty in Derry' - Lucy Caldwell
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