On the fringes of society, the characters of Bernard MacLaverty's stories are forced to seek consolation as best they can. A lonely old lady, a retired policeman, a cornet player, a sword-swallower, a parish priest - all in their own ways lonely and suffering.
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Bernard Mac Laverty was born in Belfast in 1942. He has published three collections of stories and two other novels, "Cal and "Grace Notes, which was a finalist for the 1997 Booker Prize. He lives in Glasgow.From Publishers Weekly:
This latest collection of stories from the Glasgow-based novelist (Cal, Lamb) and short story writer (A Time to Dance) offers fine-hewn portrayals of lonely characters on the fringes of society. Set in a wide range of locales from Ireland's deserted coast to mostly sunny Portugal, they present glimpses of suffering, sadness, missed opportunity. Perhaps the most poignant story is "Words the Happy Say," in which a poem by Emily Dickinson almost bridges the inarticulate space between a lonely calligrapher and his customer, a gentle widow. The title story takes us into the shabby world of the carnival faker Profundo, an aging sword swallower, whose trick goes fatally awry as he performs for the amusement of drunken college students. Death is often in the wings in these tales; it is especially palpable in the late-blooming relationship between a successful architect and his father ("Some Surrender"), and in the chilly embrace an old priest welcomes inside his locked church ("Death of a Parish Priest"). Death is confronted directly as a retired policeman-musician, captivated by a young flautist, seeks escape in drink ("Across the Street"). Whether compassionate or ironic, these stories will provoke reflections and wonder.
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Descripción Grove Pr, 1988. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 1. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0802110487
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