Colum Mccann - Author

About the Author

Colum McCann was born in Dublin in 1965. His fiction has won numerous international awards including the Rooney Prize, the Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Award, a Pushcart Prize, and Esquire magazine's Writer of the Year award in 2003. In 2005 he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film. He was recently inducted into the Hennessy Hall of Fame in Dublin. His work has been published in twenty-six languages. He has travelled widely and is based in New York, where he lives with his wife and children.

Featured books by Colum Mccann

TransAtlantic

TransAtlantic

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2014

In 1919 Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. In 1845 Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. And in 1998 Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace. Stitching these stories intricately together, Colum McCann sets out to explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, and the tangled skein of connections that make up our lives.

Transatlantic

Transatlantic

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2013

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. 1919. Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of the First World War to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. Among the letters being carried on the aircraft is one which will not be opened for almost a hundred years. 1998. Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace. How many more bereaved mothers and grandmothers must he meet before an agreement can be reached? 1845. Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. On his travels he inspires a young maid to go to New York to embrace a free world, but the land does not always fulfill its promises for her. From the violent battlefields of the Civil War to the ice lakes of northern Missouri, it is her youngest daughter Emily who eventually finds her way back to Ireland. Can we pass from the new world to the old? How does the past shape the future?

Other books by Colum Mccann

Letters to a Young Writer

Letters to a Young Writer

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/01/2018

I hope there is something here for any young writer - or any older writer, for that matter - who happens to be looking for a teacher to come along, a teacher who, in the end, can really teach nothing at all but fire. From the critically acclaimed Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin, comes a paean to the power of language, and a direct address to the artistic, professional and philosophical concerns that challenge and sometimes torment an author. Comprising fifty-two short prose pieces, Letters to a Young Writer ranges from practical matters of authorship, such as finding an agent, the pros and cons of creative writing degrees and handling bad reviews, through to the more joyous and celebratory, as McCann elucidates the pleasures to be found in truthful writing, for: `the best writing makes us glad that we are - however briefly - alive.' Emphatic and empathetic, pragmatic and profound, this is an essential companion to any author's journey - and a deeply personal work from one of our greatest literary voices.

Wie spat ist es jetzt dort, wo du bist?

Wie spat ist es jetzt dort, wo du bist?

Author: Colum Mccann Format: eBook Release Date: 19/05/2017

Neue Erzahlungen vom amerikanisch-irischen Bestsellerautor Colum McCann: lebensnah, politisch und poetisch. "e;Das unglaubliche Mysterium der menschlichen Erfahrung ist die Klammer dieser Erzhlungen, und dass sie so zwingend erscheinen, ist das Zeichen fr McCanns Genie"e;, schreibt die Washington Post. In der lngsten, der Novelle "e;Dreizehn Sichtweisen"e;, geht ein alter Mann an einem verschneiten Tag in Manhattan mit seinem Sohn essen. Der Sohn muss los, und als der Mann spter allein das Restaurant verlsst, wird er auf offener Strae berfallen und umgebracht. Die mit dem Fall betrauten Kriminalbeamten rekonstruieren seine Wege, die berwachungskameras bei ihm zu Hause, im Lokal und auf der Strae aufgezeichnet haben. Ihre Arbeit gleicht der von Dichtern: der Suche nach einem zuflligen Schlssel, der, an der richtigen Stelle eingepasst, pltzlich allem Sinn verleiht. Dieses "e;Schlssel"e;-Stck des vorliegenden Bandes, wenn nicht sogar von McCanns Werk, wird ergnzt durch weitere Erzhlungen. Eine Frau ruft an Silvester aus einem Unterstand in den afghanischen Bergen zu Hause an; eine andere erkennt ihren frheren Folterer als Mitglied einer Friedensverhandlungskommission im Fernsehen wieder. Die Themen von McCanns Erzhlungen sind vielfltig, immer stark an den Ereignissen dieser Welt orientiert, doch letztlich geht es ihm um die Zerbrechlichkeit seiner Figuren und die Kraft, die diese aus dem Leben schpfen. Und er findet noch in den hintersten Winkeln unseres Daseins das, was uns gro macht.

Briefe an junge Autoren

Briefe an junge Autoren

Author: Colum Mccann Format: eBook Release Date: 19/05/2017

Inspirierend, ermutigend, provokant: Ratschlage fur NachwuchsautorenWie muss die erste Zeile eines Buches aussehen? Wie stellt man sich der leeren weien Seite? Wie erschafft man Figuren? Colum McCann gibt angehenden Schriftstellern Anregungen fr den Schreibprozess und praktische Tipps: wie man einen Agenten findet, wie viele Schreibpausen man einlegen sollte und wie man am besten mit Kritikern umgeht. Er notiert berlegungen zur Einstellung, die zum Schreiben ntig ist, und geht auf die mentalen und philosophischen Herausforderungen ein, die jedem Autor irgendwann begegnen. So entsteht ein zugleich empathischer wie pragmatischer Ratgeber fr Schreibbegeisterte.

Letters to a Young Writer

Letters to a Young Writer

Author: Colum Mccann Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2017

From the author of Thirteen Ways of Looking and TransAtlantic, a compassionate series of letters to young writers embarking on their careers, which grew out of the weekly advice McCann posts on his website.

Letters to a Young Writer

Letters to a Young Writer

Author: Colum Mccann Format: eBook Release Date: 04/04/2017

From the bestselling author of the National Book Award winnerLet the Great World Spincomesa lesson in how to be a writerand so much more than that. Intriguing and inspirational, this book is a call to look outward rather than inward. McCann asks his readers to constantly push the boundaries of experience, to see empathy and wonder in the stories we craft and hear. A paean to the power of language, both by argument and by example, Letters to a Young Writer is fierce and honest in its testament to the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling. It charges aspiring writers to learn the rules and even break them. These fifty-two essays are ultimately a profound challenge to a new generation to bring truth and light to a dark world through their art.

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2016

A story in this collection has been longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG short story award As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing. It is a cold day in January when J. Mendelssohn wakes in his Upper East Side apartment. Old and frail, he is entirely reliant on the help of his paid carer, and as he waits for the heating to come on, the clacking of the pipes stirs memories of the past; of his childhood in Lithuania and Dublin, of his distinguished career as a judge, and of his late wife, Eileen. Later he leaves the house to meet his son Elliot for lunch, and when Eliot departs mid-meal, Mendelssohn continues eating alone as the snow falls heavily outside. Moments after he leaves the restaurant he is brutally attacked. The detectives working on the case search through the footage of Mendelssohn's movements, captured by cameras in his home and on the street. Their work is like that of a poet: the search for a random word that, included at the right instance, will suddenly make sense of everything. Told from a multitude of perspectives, in lyrical, hypnotic prose, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a ground-breaking novella of true resonance. Accompanied by three equally powerful stories set in Afghanistan, Galway and London, this is a tribute to humanity's search for meaning and grace, from a writer at the height of his form, capable of imagining immensities even in the smallest corners of our lives.

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2016

A story in this collection has been longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG short story award As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing. It is a cold day in January when J. Mendelssohn wakes in his Upper East Side apartment. Old and frail, he is entirely reliant on the help of his paid carer, and as he waits for the heating to come on, the clacking of the pipes stirs memories of the past; of his childhood in Lithuania and Dublin, of his distinguished career as a judge, and of his late wife, Eileen. Later he leaves the house to meet his son Elliot for lunch, and when Eliot departs mid-meal, Mendelssohn continues eating alone as the snow falls heavily outside. Moments after he leaves the restaurant he is brutally attacked. The detectives working on the case search through the footage of Mendelssohn's movements, captured by cameras in his home and on the street. Their work is like that of a poet: the search for a random word that, included at the right instance, will suddenly make sense of everything. Told from a multitude of perspectives, in lyrical, hypnotic prose, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a ground-breaking novella of true resonance. Accompanied by three equally powerful stories set in Afghanistan, Galway and London, this is a tribute to humanity's search for meaning and grace, from a writer at the height of his form, capable of imagining immensities even in the smallest corners of our lives.

Frieden

Frieden

Author: Colum Mccann Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2016

Schwester Beverly ist vor Burgerkrieg und Gewalt aus Kolumbien in die USA geflohen, nachdem sie von der Guerilla entfuhrt und gefoltert wurde. Jahre spater plagen sie die Schrecknisse dieser Zeit noch immer in Albtraumen, lassen sie an ihrem Glauben zweifeln und behindern sie bei ihrer Arbeit in einem Kinderheim in Houston. Eines Abends schaut sie die spanischsprachigen Sptnachrichten, es luft ein Bericht ber Friedensverhandlungen zwischen den kolumbianischen Brgerkriegsparteien, die soeben in London begonnen wurden. Und aus dem Augenwinkel erkennt sie dort - Carlos, jenen brutalen, sadistischen Guerillero, der sie damals gefoltert und vergewaltigt hat, jetzt elegant und glatt im blauen Serge-Anzug als Mitglied einer Delegation. Schockiert und wie gelhmt verharrt Beverly ein paar Tage, dann kauft sie sich ein Flugticket nach London Colum McCanns dramatische Erzhlung ist ein Pldoyer fr das Verzeihen, den Frieden, aber sie zeigt, wie schwer beide zu erlangen sind.

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Author: Colum Mccann Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/05/2016

Told from a multitude of perspectives, in lyrical, hypnotic prose, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a ground-breaking work of true resonance. Accompanied by three equally powerful stories set in Afghanistan, Galway and London, this is a tribute to humanity's search for meaning and grace, from a writer at the height of his form, capable of imagining immensities even in the smallest corners of our lives.

Verschwunden

Verschwunden

Author: Colum Mccann Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2016

S'khol - so nennt man im Hebraischen Eltern, die ihr Kind verloren haben. Im Deutschen gibt es dafur kein Wort. Rebecca ist Ubersetzerin aus dem Hebraischen. Ihr Mann hat sie verlassen, und sie lebt mit dem gemeinsam adoptierten Sohn Tomas im irischen Galway an der Atlantikkuste. Der dreizehnjhrige Tomas schwimmt fr sein Leben gern im offenen Meer. Rebecca erfllt seinen groen Traum und schenkt ihm einen Neoprenanzug - am nchsten Morgen, als sie aufwacht, sind er und der Anzug verschwunden. Es beginnen Tage des Suchens, des Wartens, des Hoffens, der Schuldgefhle, der Verzweiflung...

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Author: Colum Mccann Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review *; NPR *; Los Angeles Times *;The Boston Globe *;The Seattle Times *; The IndependentIn such acclaimed novels as Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, National Book Awardwinning author Colum McCann has transfixed readers with his precision, tenderness, and authority. Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments. ';As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing.' In the exuberant title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life's work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last. In ';Sh'khol,' a mother spending Christmas alone with her son confronts the unthinkable when he disappears while swimming off the coast near their home in Ireland. In ';Treaty,' an elderly nun catches a snippet of a news report in which it is revealed that the man who once kidnapped and brutalized her is alive, masquerading as an agent of peace. And in ';What Time Is It Now, Where You Are?' a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year's Eve. Deeply personal, subtly subversive, at times harrowing, and indeed funny, yet also full of comfort, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a striking achievement. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Colum McCann forges from their stories a profound tribute to our search for meaning and grace. The collection is a rumination on the power of storytelling in a world where language and memory can sometimes falter, but in the end do not fail us, and a contemplation of the healing power of literature.Praise for Thirteen Ways of Looking';Extraordinary . . . incandescent.'Chicago Tribune ';The irreducible mystery of human experience ties this small collection together, and in each of these stories McCann explores that theme in some strikingly effective ways. . . . [The first story] is as fascinating as it is poignant. . . . [The second] captures the mundane and mysterious aspects of shaping characters from the gray clay of words, placing them in realistic settings and breathing life into their lungs. . . . That he makes the story so emotionally compelling is a sign of his genius. . . . The most remarkable [piece] is Sh'khol. . . . Caught in the rushing currents of this drama, you know you're reading a little masterpiece.'The Washington Post ';McCann is a writer of power and subtlety and beauty. . . . The powerful title story loiters in the mind long after you've read it.'Sarah Lyall, The New York Times ';[McCann] unspools complex and unforgettable stories in this, his first collection in more than a decade.'The Boston Globe ';McCann is a passionate writer whose impulse is always toward a generous understanding of his diverse characters.'The Wall Street Journal ';Powerful, profound, and deeply empathetic, McCann's beautifully wrought writing in Thirteen Ways of Looking glides off the page.'BuzzFeed ';McCann weaves the magic that made Let the Great World Spin so acclaimed.'The Huffington PostFrom the Hardcover edition.

Let the Great World Spin

Let the Great World Spin

Author: Colum Mccann Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2015

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER *; Colum McCann's beloved novel inspired by Philippe Petit's daring high-wire stunt, which is also depicted in the filmThe Walkstarring Joseph Gordon-LevittIn the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann's stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author's most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth.Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann's powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city's people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the ';artistic crime of the century.'A sweeping and radical social novel, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a ';fiercely original talent' (San Francisco Chronicle), award-winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and even heal.Praise for Let the Great World Spin';This is a gorgeous book, multilayered and deeply felt, and it's a damned lot of fun to read, too. Leave it to an Irishman to write one of the greatest-ever novels about New York. There's so much passion and humor and pure lifeforce on every page of Let the Great World Spin that you'll find yourself giddy, dizzy, overwhelmed.'Dave Eggers';Stunning . . . [an] elegiac glimpse of hope . . . It's a novel rooted firmly in time and place. It vividly captures New York at its worst and best. But it transcends all that. In the end, it's a novel about familiesthe ones we're born into and the ones we make for ourselves.'USA Today ';The first great 9/11 novel . . . We are all dancing on the wire of history, and even on solid ground we breathe the thinnest of air.'Esquire ';Mesmerizing . . . a Joycean look at the lives of New Yorkers changed by a single act on a single day . . . Colum McCann's marvelously rich novel . . . weaves a portrait of a city and a moment, dizzyingly satisfying to read and difficult to put down.'TheSeattle Times ';Vibrantly whole . . . With a series of spare, gorgeously wrought vignettes, Colum McCann brings 1970s New York to life. . . . And as always, McCann's heart-stoppingly simple descriptions wow.'Entertainment Weekly ';An act of pure bravado, dizzying proof that to keep your balance you need to know how to fall.'O: The Oprah MagazineFrom the Hardcover edition.

Der Tanzer

Der Tanzer

Author: Colum Mccann Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2014

Rudolf Nurejew galt als einer der groten Tanzer aller Zeiten. McCann begibt sich in seinem Roman auf die Spuren eines Kunstlerlebens, das ratselhaft bleibt. Aus der Sicht der Wegbegleiter des Genies erzahlt, entsteht ein schillerndes Kaleidoskop, das von Ost und West, Partyleben und Kunstlereinsamkeit, Genialitat, Trieb und Tod erzahlt. Ein Leben wie ein Roman - ein wilder Tanz. "e;Das Buch ist so schwerelos wie ein Grand jet seines Helden."e; (Der Spiegel)"e;McCann ist ein Geschichtenerzhler, wie wir wirklich nur wenige haben."e; (Elke Heidenreich)"e;Der sowjetische Tnzer Nurejew (1938-1993) setzt sich gleich bei seiner ersten Tournee 1961 in Paris von seiner Truppe ab und bleibt im Westen. Von nun an ist der Tatare ein internationaler Superstar. Rasant erzhlt der irische Schriftsteller Colum McCann von den glorreichen und tragischen Lebensstationen im wsten Leben eines Jahrhundertgenies. Im doppelten Sinn des Wortes wird die Lektre zu einem schwindelerregenden Erlebnis."e; (Focus)"e;Man muss rein gar nichts von Ballett verstehen, um den fast berirdischen Zauber auch beim Lesen zu spren. Was daran liegt, dass der Autor ebenfalls ein Genie ist."e; (Brigitte)

TransAtlantic

TransAtlantic

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2014

In 1919 Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. In 1845 Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. And in 1998 Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace. Stitching these stories intricately together, Colum McCann sets out to explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, and the tangled skein of connections that make up our lives.

Transatlantik

Transatlantik

Author: Colum Mccann Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2014

Neufundland, 1919: Die beiden Flieger Jack Alcock und Arthur Brown unternehmen den ersten Nonstopflug uber den Atlantik mit Kurs Irland. Dublin, 1845: Der schwarzamerikanische Abolitionist Frederick Douglass reist durch das von Hungersnot gepeinigte Irland, wo die Leute schlimmer leiden als unter der Sklaverei. New York, 1998: US-Senator George Mitchell verlsst seine junge Frau und sein erst wenige Tage altes Baby, um in Belfast die Nordirischen Friedensgesprche zu einem unsicheren Abschluss zu fhren. "e;Transatlantik"e; verwebt drei ikonische historische Momente mit dem Schicksal dreier Frauen: Angefangen mit der irischen Hausmagd Lily Duggan, in der Frederick Douglass die Liebe zur Freiheit weckt, folgt der Roman ihrer Tochter Emily und ihrer Enkelin Lottie in die USA und, spter, zurck auf die Insel. Ihr Leben spiegelt den Verlauf der bewegten Nationalgeschichte Irlands und Amerikas. Dabei spielt ein vergessener, ber drei Generationen nicht geffneter Brief eine entscheidende Rolle. "e;Transatlantik"e; ist ein kraftvolles Epos ber die Kollision von Geschichte und persnlichem Schicksal - geschrieben mit unvergleichlicher dichterischer Intensitt, mit leuchtenden Szenen und klingender Sprache.

TransAtlantic

TransAtlantic

Author: Colum Mccann Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2013

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *; LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE *; NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWSIn the National Book Awardwinning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called ';an emotional tour de force.' Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined. Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviatorsJack Alcock and Arthur Brownset course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War. Dublin, 1845 and '46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist causedespite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave. New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland's notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion. These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. Beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, the novel follows her daughter and granddaughter, Emily and Lottie, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, in whom all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on. From the loughs of Ireland to the flatlands of Missouri and the windswept coast of Newfoundland, their journeys mirror the progress and shape of history. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory. The most mature work yet from an incomparable storyteller, TransAtlantic is a profound meditation on identity and history in a wide world that grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year.Praise for TransAtlantic ';A dazzlingly talented author's latest high-wire act . . . Reminiscent of the finest work of Michael Ondaatje and Michael Cunningham, TransAtlantic is Colum McCann's most penetrating novel yet.'O: The Oprah Magazine ';One of the greatest pleasures of TransAtlantic is how provisional it makes history feel, how intimate, and intensely real. . . . Here is the uncanny thing McCann finds again and again about the miraculous: that it is inseparable from the everyday.'The Boston Globe ';Ingenious . . . The intricate connections [McCann] has crafted between the stories of his women and our men [seem] written in air, in water, andgiven that his subject is the confluence of Irish and American historyin blood.'Esquire ';Another sweeping, beautifully constructed tapestry of life . . . Reading McCann is a rare joy.'The Seattle Times ';Entrancing . . . McCann folds his epic meticulously into this relatively slim volume like an accordion; each pleat holds musicelation and sorrow.'The Denver PostFrom the Hardcover edition.

Fire and Forget Short Stories from the Long War

Fire and Forget Short Stories from the Long War

Author: Colum McCann, Siobhan Fallon Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2013

Fire and Forget includes the title story from Redeployment by Phil Klay, 2014 National Book Award Winner in FictionThese stories aren't pretty and they aren't for the faint of heart. They are realistic, haunting and shocking. And they are all unforgettable. Television reports, movies, newspapers and blogs about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have offered images of the fighting there. But this collection offers voices- powerful voices, telling the kind of truth that only fiction can offer.What makes the collection so remarkable is that all of these stories are written by those who were there, or waited for them at home. The anthology, which features a Foreword by National Book Award winner Colum McCann, includes the best voices of the wars' generation: award-winning author Phil Klay's Redeployment Brian Turner, whose poem Hurt Locker was the movie's inspiration Colby Buzzell, whose book My War resonates with countless veterans Siobhan Fallon, whose book You Know When the Men Are Gone echoes the joy and pain of the spouses left behind Matt Gallagher, whose book Kaboom captures the hilarity and horror of the modern military experience and ten others.

Best European Fiction

Best European Fiction

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/12/2010

This Side of Brightness

This Side of Brightness

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2010

At the turn of the twentieth century, Nathan Walker comes to New York City to take the most dangerous job in the country: digging the tunnel far beneath the Hudson that will carry trains from Brooklyn to Manhattan. In the bowels of the riverbed, the workers - black, white, Irish and Italian - dig together, the darkness erasing all differences. But above ground, the men keep their distance until a dramatic accident on a bitter winter's day welds a bond between Walker and his fellow workers that will both bless and curse three generations. Almost ninety years later, Treefrog stumbles on the same tunnels and sets about creating a home amongst the drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes and petty criminals that comprise the forgotten homeless community.

Let the Great World Spin

Let the Great World Spin

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2010

It's New York, August 1974: a man is walking in the sky. Between the newly built Twin Towers, the man twirls through the air. Far below, the lives of complete strangers spin towards each other: Corrigan, a radical Irish monk working in the Bronx; Claire, a delicate Upper East Side housewife reeling from the death of her son; Lara, a drug-addled young artist; Gloria, solid and proud despite decades of hardship; Tillie, a hooker who used to dream of a better life; and Jazzlyn, her beautiful daughter raised on promises that reach beyond the skyline of New York. In the shadow of one reckless and beautiful act, these disparate lives will collide, and be transformed for ever.

Dancer

Dancer

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2003

Stunning, bestselling novel based on the real life of Rudolf Nureyev from an acclaimed author. This novel opens on a battlefield: trudging back from the front through a ravaged and icy wasteland, their horses dying around them, their own hunger rendering them almost savage, the Russian soldiers are exhausted as they reach the city of Ufa, desperate for food and shelter. They find both, and then music and dance. And there, spinning unafraid among them, dancing for the soldiers and anyone else who'll watch him, is one small pale boy, Rudolf. This is Colum McCann's dancer: Rudolf, a prodigy at six years old, who became the greatest dancer of the century, who redefined dance, rewrote his own life, and died of AIDS before anyone knew he had it. This is an extraordinary life transformed into extraordinary fiction by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. One kind of masculine grace is perfectly matched to another in Colum McCann's beautiful and daring new novel.

Everything In This Country Must

Everything In This Country Must

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2001

'Excellent, a very powerful and moving piece of work' Roddy DoyleOne powerful novella, with two thematically linked short stories on either side of it, forms the basis of EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY MUST. Although these are stories about Ireland and the Troubles, they have an almost mythical rather than a political feel. In the title story, four young soldiers help a farmer and his daughter free their horse from a stream in flood, unable to understand that their help will never be anything but an insult. In the novella, Hunger Strike, a young boy and his mother flee to Galway as the boy's uncle succumbs to a hunger strike in a Derry gaol. In Wood, a ten-year-old boy is asked by his mother to make poles for the marching season.

Fishing The Sloe-Black River

Fishing The Sloe-Black River

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/12/1998

Stunning collection of short stories from the prize-winning author of DANCERAn ageing nun is tracked to ground by her sister; a garrulous beautician must lay out the corpse of a loved one. These are eloquent tales of exile and displacement, of characters always in search of a way back home or of a way to leave it. Mischievous, assured and versatile, Colum McCann's collection of short stories marks him out as one of our best contemporary writers.

Songdogs

Songdogs

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/12/1998

A powerful novel from the bestselling author of DANCER.Colum McCann's first novel goes back to the years before the Spanish Civil War, following the adventures of a peripatetic Irish photographer from the war-strewn shores of Europe to the exotic plains of Mexico. The story is told in the words of the photographer's only son, a wanderer himself, who uses his father's unreliable memories and the fading remnants of his art to piece together his family history and explain the mystery surrounding his mother - a Mexican beauty brought back by his father to Ireland.

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