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Colm Toibin

Guest at the Feast, A: Essays

Guest at the Feast, A: Essays

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From bestselling and Booker-nominated author Colm Tóibín comes a beautiful collection of essays ranging from personal memoir to brilliantly acute writing on religion, literature and politics.

From the melancholy and amusement within the work of the writer John McGahern to an extraordinary essay on his own cancer diagnosis, Tóibín delineates the bleakness and strangeness of life and also its richness and its complexity. As he reveals the shades of light and dark in a Venice without tourists and the streets of Buenos Aires riddled with disappearances, we find ourselves considering law and religion in Ireland as well as the intricacies of Marilynne Robinson's fiction.The imprint of the written word on the private self, as Tóibín himself remarks, is extraordinarily powerful. In this collection, that power is gloriously alive, illuminating history and literature, politics and power, family and the self.

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McClelland & Stewart


Colm Tóibín was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of ten novels, three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize; two collections of stories; and many works of non-fiction. His most recent novel, The Magician, was a top ten bestseller and was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Award. In 2021 he was awarded the David Cohen Prize.

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