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Título: Ghost Light
Editorial: Harvill Secker, Great Britain
Año de publicación: 2010
Encuadernación: Hard Cover
Condición del libro: Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author
Edición: First Edition
A true UK first edition / first printing, with the full numberline 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1. Flat-signed in black ink by the author, and unmarred by a dedication or date. A fantastic copy of this enchanting novel about an ageing actress recalling the love affair of her life, with the Irish dramatist John Millington Synge. By the author of 'Star of the Sea' and 'Redemption Falls'. We protect all our books with a removable plastic cover, and send them with care. N° de ref. de la librería 001066
Dublin 1907, a city of whispered rumours. A young actress begins an affair with a damaged older man, the leading playwright at the theatre where she works. Rebellious and flirtatious, Molly Allgood is a girl of the inner city tenements, dreaming of stardom in America. She has dozens of admirers but in the backstage of her life there is a secret.
Her lover, John Synge, is a troubled genius, the son of a once prosperous landowning family, a poet of fiery language and tempestuous passions. Yet his life is hampered by convention and by the austere and God-fearing mother with whom he lives. Scarred by a childhood of loneliness and severity he has long been ill, but he loves to walk the wild places of Ireland. The affair, sternly opposed by friends and family, is turbulent, sometimes cruel, often tender.
Many years later, an old woman makes her way across London on the morning after a hurricane. Christmas is coming. As she wanders past bombsites and through the city's forlorn beauty, a snowdrift of memories and lost desires seems to swirl. She has twice been married: once widowed, once divorced, but an unquenchable passion for life has kept her afloat as her dazzling career has faded.
A story of love's commitment, of partings and reconciliations, of the courage involved in living on nobody else's terms, Ghost Light is a profoundly moving and ultimately uplifting novel.
"When I think of Ghost Light, the words climb over each other to be first in the queue: brilliant, beautiful, exhilarating, heartbreaking, masterly. It's that good." ( Roddy Doyle)
"This is a great ambitious novel about love, loss, lamentation. Joseph O'Connor has the magic touch...I can't imagine many better -- or braver -- novels coming out this year." ( Colum McCann)
"A brilliant novel." ( Joseph O'Neill)
"As I read Ghost Light, I found myself going more and more slowly, because I didn't want to miss a single sentence. I found myself calling friends and reading passages aloud to them over the phone. This is a rare experience indeed. It is a rare and wonderful book." ( Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours)
"Masterful in its management of re-imagined lives and the time they inhabit" (Hugo Hamilton Financial Times)
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