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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

Norman Mailer. MoonFire. 50th Anniversary Edition

Norman Mailer. MoonFire. 50th Anniversary Edition

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/04/2019

It has been called the single most historic event of the 20th century: On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins met John F. Kennedy's call for a manned Moon landing by the end of the 1960s. A decade of tests and training, a staff of 400,000 engineers and scientists, a budget of billions, and the most powerful rocket ever launched all combined in an unprecedented event watched by millions the world over. And no one captured the men, the mood, and the machinery like Norman Mailer. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Norman Mailer was hired by LIFE magazine in 1969 to cover the Moon shot. He enhanced his reportage in the brilliantly crafted book, Of a Fire on the Moon, which is excerpted here. Equally adept at examining the science of space travel and the psychology of the people involved-from Saturn V rocket engineer Wernher von Braun to the crucial NASA support staff to the three astronauts-Mailer provides provocative and trenchant insights into this epoch-making event. Illustrating this volume are hundreds of photographs and maps from the NASA vaults, magazine archives, and private collections. These images document the development of the agency and the mission, life inside the command module and on the Moon's surface, and the world's jubilant reaction to the landing. This 50-year anniversary edition includes captions by leading Apollo 11 experts that explain the history and science behind the images, citing the mission log, publications of the day, and postflight astronaut interviews; while an evocative introduction by Colum McCann celebrates Mailer's incomparable skill at transforming the science of space... the weight of history... the breadth of mythology into prose.

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.

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

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.

This Side of Brightness

This Side of Brightness

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/01/2015

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.

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