The Visitor

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A miraculous literary find: a previously unpublished novella by the late Maeve Brennan, an Irish writer "of the highest order, controlled, wise, and fearless."-The Nation.

When The Springs of Affection, Maeve Brennan's collection of Dublin storie

When The Springs of Affection, Maeve Brennan's collection of Dublin stories, was published in 1997, the poet Eamon Grennan called it a classic, a book that placed Brennan "among the best Irish short-story writers since Joyce." It was followed by The Rose Garden, which collected all of Brennan's remaining short stories-fiction so good that one critic, Katherine Powers of the Boston Globe, "kept putting the book down to [postpone] the evil hour when the stories would be done."

Now, quite unexpectedly, Brennan's oeuvre is immeasurably deepened and broadened by one last book-a novella, till now unpublished, written in the 1940s. Recently discovered in a university archive, it is the early work of a mature artist -a further story of Dublin, and of the unkind, ungenerous, emotionally unreachable side of the Irish temper. It is complete and of a piece with her greatest short stories. The Visitor is the haunting tale of Anastasia King, who, at the age of twenty-two, returns to her grandmother's house-the very house where she grew up-after six long years away. She had been in Paris, comforting her disgraced and dying mother, the runaway from a disastrous marriage to Anastasia's late father, the grandmother's only son. "It's a pity she sent for you, Anastasia," the grandmother says, "and a pity you went after her. It broke your father's heart." Anastasia pays dearly for the choice she made, a choice that now costs her own strong sense of family and makes her an exile-a visitor-in the place she once called home. ...Continua

Ha scritto il 13/12/15
This is a little perfect pearl of literature, but a punch in one’s stomach of loneliness and despair. Thanks goodness it is only about 70 pages long….. :0((
Ha scritto il 28/06/15
Mi sono piaciute l'ambientazione e le dinamiche di vita familiare della vecchia Dublino. Intrigante la descrizione della psiche femminile.Poco coinvolgente la trama. "La casa è un luogo della mente. Quand'e vuota diventa inquieta. Si anima di ricordi ...Continua
Ha scritto il 07/08/13
Mura di pietra
Esistono due mondi. Uno dentro le mura delle case. Uno nelle strade, nei bar. Ma nel secondo mondo ci si può stare solo per un certo tempo se no si finisce per dare nell'occhio e per destare sospetti. Poi bisogna tornare dentro il primo mondo.
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