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Author Deane, Seamus, 1940-

Title Reading in the dark / Seamus Deane
Edition First American edition
Published New York : Knopf, 1997


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 MELB  820.914 D2843 A6/R  AVAILABLE
Description 245 pages ; 21 cm
Summary Seamus Deane has created a luminous tale about how childhood fear turns into fantasy and fantasy turns into fact
Seamus Deane's first novel is a mesmerizing story of childhood set against the violence of Northern Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s. The boy narrator grows up haunted by a truth he both wants and does not want to discover. The matter: a deadly betrayal, unspoken and unspeakable, born of political enmity. As the boy listens through the silence that surrounds him, the truth spreads like a stain until it engulfs him and his family. And as he listens, and watches, the world of legend - the stone fort of Grianan, home of the warrior Fianna; the Field of the Disappeared, over which no gulls fly - reveals its transfixing reality. Meanwhile the real world of adulthood unfolds its secrets like a collection of folktales: the dead sister walking again; the lost uncle, Eddie, present on every page; the family house "as cunning and articulate as a labyrinth, closely designed, with someone sobbing at the heart of it."
Subject Children -- Fiction.
Children -- Northern Ireland -- Fiction.
Northern Ireland -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Fiction.
LC no. 96049635
ISBN 0375700234 (Vintage edition)