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LoveReading Expert Review of Arimathea

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.


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


Arimathea Synopsis

'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.

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ISBN: 9781847177667
Publication date: 18th June 2015
Author: Frank McGuinness
Publisher: Brandon an imprint of O'Brien Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Frank McGuinness Press 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

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About 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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