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Arimathea by Frank McGuinness
  

Arimathea

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Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year 2013.

September 2013 Debut of the Month.

A passionate, poetic debut novel from Irish Playwright and Poet Frank McGuiness. 1940’s Donegal and an Italian Painter arrives to work and nothing and no-one is the same afterwards.

Told with multiple voices it is a book of close observation, sharp wit, linguistic dexterity - and of deep sympathy for everyday humanity.

Synopsis

Arimathea by Frank McGuinness

'The great spirit of Frank McGuinness radiates in this magnificent novel. Myriad voices converge on one glistening core; it is a high-wire act earthed in the deepest humanity.' Sebastian Barry It is 1950. Donegal. A land apart. Derry city is only fourteen miles away but far beyond daily reach. Into this community comes Gianni, also called Giotto at his birth. A painter from Arrezzo in Italy, he has been commissioned to paint the Stations of the Cross. The young Italian comes with his dark skin, his unusual habits, but also his solitude and his own peculiar personal history. He is a major source of fascination for the entire community.

Reviews

'A work of passion and truth, in which imaginative daring is matched by deep psychological insight.' -- Declan Kiberd

'Poetic and strange, elemental and truly original, Arimathea engages fearlessly with the mysteries of art and love.' -- Deirdre Madden

About the Author

Frank McGuinness

Frank McGuinness is Professor of Creative Writing in University College Dublin. A world-renowned playwright, his first great stage hit was the highly acclaimed Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. Arimathea is his first novel, a major event.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd September 2013

Author

Frank McGuinness

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Publisher

Brandon an imprint of O'Brien Press Ltd

Format

Paperback

Categories

Literary Fiction
All Shortlists and Winners
Debuts of the Month
Family Drama
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781847175786

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