The Visitor (Paperback)Maeve Brennan (author)
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'The Visitor is the work of a sure hand... and Brennan's prose is terse and exquisitely precise throughout... Only in the work of Emily Dickinson can the same ferocious vision - of love, pain, transgression and death - and economy of expression be found.' Guardian
The Visitor tells the haunting tale of Anastasia King, who, at the age of twenty-two, returns to her grandmother's house in Ireland - the very house where she grew up - after six long years away. An atmospheric story of Dublin, it is also a dissection of the unkind, ungenerous, emotionally unreachable side of the Irish temperament.
Recently rediscovered in a university archive, The Visitor was written in the mid-1940s but has never been published until now. Long championed by authors from Nuala O'Faolain and Clare Messud to John Updike, this miraculous literary discovery confirms Brennan's status as a master of the novella and one of the best storytellers since Joyce.
'An astonishing miniature masterpiece, except there is nothing miniature about the forces at work in a story as violent underneath as it is demure on the surface ... The ferocity of her vision of femininity is hers alone. ' -Nuala O'Faolain
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 88 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 8 mm
To mention her in the company of Chekhov and Flaubert is only proper * Edward Albee *