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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.

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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?

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Other books by Colum Mccann

Fishing the Sloe-Black River

Fishing the Sloe-Black River

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

An 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 / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

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.

Everything in this Country Must

Everything in this Country Must

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

One 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.

Zoli

Zoli

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

The life of Zoli Novotna begins on the leafy backroads of Slovakia, when she and her grandfather come upon a quiet lake where their family has been drowned by Fascist guards. Zoli and her grandfather flee to join up with another clan of travelling harpists. So begins an epic tale of song, intimacy and betrayal. Based loosely on the true story of the Gypsy poet Papusza, and set against the backdrop of the Second World War, Zoli is a love story, a tale of loss, and a parable of modern-day Europe.

Dancer

Dancer

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

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.

Apeirogon

Apeirogon

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2020

CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF 2020 BY THE SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, GUARDIAN, i PAPER, FINANCIAL TIMES, NEW STATESMAN, SCOTSMAN, IRISH TIMES, BBC.COM, WATERSTONES.COM 'Nothing like any book you've ever read' MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM 'An essential hymn to peace and forgiveness' independent.co.uk The novel of a lifetime about two men and their daughters: divided by conflict, yet united in grief. Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin live near one another - yet they exist worlds apart. Rami is Israeli. Bassam is Palestinian. Rami's license plate is yellow. Bassam's license plate is green. It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank. The same journey for Bassam takes an hour and a half. Both men have lost their daughters. Rami's thirteen-year-old girl Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber while out shopping with her friends. Bassam's ten-year-old daughter Abir was shot and killed by a member of the border police outside her school. There was a candy bracelet in her pocket she hadn't had time to eat yet. The men become the best of friends. In this epic novel - named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides - Colum McCann crosses centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature and politics into a tapestry of friendship, love, loss and belonging. Musical, muscular, delicate and soaring, Apeirogon is the novel for our times. 'A quite extraordinary novel. Colum McCann has found the form and voice to tell the most complex of stories, with an unexpected friendship between two men at its powerfully beating heart' KAMILA SHAMSIE

Letters to a Young Writer

Letters to a Young Writer

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Kingdom of Olives and Ash

Kingdom of Olives and Ash

Author: Colum McCann, Colm Toibin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Published to coincide the with 50th anniversary of the Israel occupation of the West Bank, an anthology that explores the human cost of the conflict there as witnessed by such notable writers as Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, Dave Eggers, Madeleine Thien, Eimear McBride, Taiye Selasi and editors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Israel occupation of the West Bank. The violence on both sides of the conflict has been horrific, the casualties catastrophic. Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, two of today's most renowned novelists and essayists, have joined forces with the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence-an organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied territories and saw firsthand the injustice there-and a host of illustrious writers to tell the stories of the people on the ground in the contested territories. KINGDOM OF OLIVES AND ASH includes contributions from some of our most esteemed storytellers, including essays from editors Chabon and Waldman. Their writing enables readers to understand the human narratives behind the litany of grim destruction broadcasted nightly on the news. Together they all stand witness to the human cost of the occupation.

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 / softback 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 / softback 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

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