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Seamus Deane (1940–2021)

Author of Reading in the Dark

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Seamus Deane is Professor of English and Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies in the Keough Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) — Contributor, some editions — 21,360 copies
Dubliners (1914) — Editor, some editions — 19,826 copies
The Year of the French (1979) — Introduction, some editions — 694 copies
Granta 37: The Family (1991) — Contributor — 155 copies
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Contributor — 151 copies
Granta 23: Home (1988) — Contributor — 139 copies
Granta 49: Money (1994) — Contributor — 118 copies
Granta 18: The Snap Revolution (1986) — Contributor — 90 copies
Nationalism, Colonialism, and Literature (1990) — Introduction — 84 copies
Best Short Stories 1992 (1992) — Contributor — 13 copies

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Snapshots of memory are displayed by the Northern Irish narrator between his childhood from 1945 into adulthood in 1971 as he explores a family tension of secrets, closed and open, against the backdrop of the ever present Troubles. In often luminous writing, the tender despair of human frailties in a world without heroes or villains is gently presented. The story meanders at times, like all family stories, and the reveal is not particularly revealing. At the heart of the story is the idea of conflicted loyalties and the collateral damages they can generate: the truth can set one person free but sometimes only after it has driven another person into a permanent cage.… (more)
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saschenka | 17 other reviews | May 10, 2024 |
Hogy látja egy kissrác Derryből* az íreket? Nos, felületesen nézve éppen úgy, mint a legtöbb külföldi: babonák és kísértethistóriák. Katolicizmus és függetlenségi harc. Whiskey és viszály. Deane a líra mentén tolja ki a regény határait, rövid fejezetekből felépülő prózája olvasható lenne akár versfüzérként is, ha a nyomdászok kreatívabban tördelték volna a szöveget. És mégis képes arra, hogy ezeket a villanásokat valami koherens egésszé rendezze, valamivé, ami egyszerre érzékeny és sokat sejtető (de keveset magyarázó) látlelet egy család személyes tragédiájáról, ugyanakkor az egész észak-ír tragédiáról is. Rekonstrukció ez, az emlékek helyreállítása. Mert az emlékek hajlamosak arra, hogy az idő teltével alakot váltsanak, tényszerűségüket alárendeljék az emlékező azon vágyának, hogy úgy nézzenek ki, ahogy ki kellett volna nézniük: szégyenletes vagy szimplán érdektelen eseményből dicső emlékekké magasztosuljanak. Deane mintha ezt a folyamatot fordítaná vissza, hogy a mítosz mögött fellelje az igazságot – ami ugyan csak egyetlen személyes igazság az igazságok milliói között, de talán éppen ebből nyeri erejét.

* A szövegben Derryként szerepel, de a hátsó borítón Londonderry olvasható, amit, nagyon remélem, nem látnak meg az ír pajtások, mert nagyon mérgesek lennének miatta.
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Kuszma | Jul 2, 2022 |
This is a fine Northern Irish novel that was a real grower. Set in Nationalist Derry during the 40s and 50s, at first this book reads like a series of vignettes in a young Irish Catholic boy's life, but as the novel gathers pace a connection begins to emerge between what had initially seemed like disconnected snapshots of growing up and the truth behind a series of family tragedies relating back to the the divided politics of a new Northern Ireland beginning to emerge.

There are a number of recommendations on LT linking this to some of Frank McCourt's books, but beyond them both being set in Ireland during a certain era the similarities stop there for me. Whilst McCourt's Angela's Ashes is firmly in the misery lit territory of impoverished Ireland, Reading in the Dark is a window to Catholic Nationalist sentiment before The Troubles and dark family secrets born out of loyalty to 'the cause'.

This novel really evoked a sense of a forgotten rural Northern Ireland for me. Whether it would touch readers outside of Northern Ireland as much I can't say, but for me this is a work of tragic loss conveyed through pitch perfect prose.

4 stars - devastating yet so deftly sewn together.
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AlisonY | 17 other reviews | Sep 3, 2021 |
Could not get into this book for some reason. With so many other ones waiting on the shelves, I reluctantly put this one aside to try again later.
 
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Eye_Gee | 17 other reviews | May 8, 2017 |

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