The Visitor (Hardback)
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The Visitor (Hardback)

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Hardback 112 Pages / Published: 04/12/2014
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The Visitor tells the haunting tale of Anastasia King, who returns to her grandmother's house in Ireland after six long years in Paris. An exile in the place she once called home, Anastasia is forced to learn some bitter lessons in love and betrayal as the daily cruelties of family life begin to close in on her. It is about the destructive power of pride and unspent anger, and an emotionally unreachable side of the Irish temperament. The revival of the work of Maeve Brennan, who died in obscurity in 1993, has won her the reputation as one of the best Irish writers since James Joyce. The Visitor lay unknown and unpublished for sixty years, now this literary masterpiece is re-issued by Atlantic to bring the work of Maeve Brennan to the audience it deserves.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781848872097
Number of pages: 112
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
A formidable phrase maker... She is constantly alert, sharp-eyed as a sparrow for the crumbs of human event, the overheard and the glimpsed and the guessed-at -- John Updike
An astonishing miniature masterpiece -- Nuala O'Faolain
Brilliant... Its dreamlike blend of present and past, inner torment and outer reality makes this novel a small masterpiece, and with luck, one that will be treasured by a new generation of readers -- Alex Clark * Sunday Times *
Brennan's prose is terse and exquisitely precise throughout. The pace of the novella is also perfect, creating a demure surface beneath which epic forces are played out... Only in the work of Emily Dickinson can the same ferocious vision - of love, pain, transgression and death - and economy of expression be found. Maeve Brennan was well acquainted with the abyss, and with how tenuous our efforts at staying away from the edge can be. * Guardian *

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