Travelling in a Strange Land: Winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year

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WINNER OF THE KERRY GROUP IRISH BOOK AWARDS Set in a frozen winter landscape, the new novel from the prize-winning, acclaimed author David Park is a psychologically astute, expertly crafted portrait of a father's inner life and a family in crisisAn Irish Times Book of 2018I am entering the frozen land, although to which country it belongs I cannot say. The world is shrouded in snow. Transport has ground to a halt. Tom must venture out into a transformed and treacherous landscape to collect his son, sick and stranded in student lodgings. But on this solitary drive from Belfast to Sunderland, Tom will be drawn into another journey, one without map or guide, and is forced to chart pathways of family history haunted by memory and clouded in regret. Written in spare, crystalline prose by one of the most important voices in contemporary Irish writing, Travelling in a Strange Land is a work of exquisite loss and transformative grace. It is a novel about fathers and sons, grief, memory, family and love; about the gulfs that lie between us and those we love, and the wrong turns that we take on our way to find them.
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ISBN-13: 9781408892787
ISBN-10: 1408892782
Pagini: 176
Dimensiuni: 135 x 216 x 24 mm
Greutate: 0.30 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Publishing
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


David Park is critically acclaimed and has won and been shortlisted for many prizes, including the International IMPAC Prize and the Irish Novel of the Year Award, three times. His last novel, The Poets' Wives, was selected as Belfast's choice for One City One Book 2014.

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David Park has written ten previous books including The Light of Amsterdam, which was shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Prize, The Poets' Wives, which was selected as Belfast's Choice for One City One Book 2014, and The Truth Commissioner, which was adapted into a TV drama for BBC Two. He has won the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize and the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award, three times. He has received a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and been shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year Award three times. In 2014 he was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. David Park lives in County Down, Northern Ireland.


Breathtaking ... A dark secret and a frozen journey through the fraught terrain of parenthood drive this brave, exhilarating novel . Every sentence in Parks's book is felt. The author has weighed up each word and considered every image, electing only those that carry sufficient freight to bear the reader to his intended destination Park takes this emotional terrain of parenthood as both his setting and his subject, and creates something exhilaratingly brave and powerful from its jagged peaks and troughs
This lucidly written and deceptively simple narrative by the highly regarded Northern Irish novelist David Park is the story of a troubled journey into the self and out into the world again, towards some glimmer of generosity and redemption
A tense, tense, thrilling, strange and profoundly moving study of parenthood. There isn't a wasted syllable in this short, beautiful book
Moving and eloquent - stays with you long after the final pages have melted away
Sombre, but unsolemn, with a redemptive, tingling finale, this is a small book bursting with big emotions
A deeply felt novel . of personal tragedy and failure . There is no false piety in this sometimes desperate, always measured novel, but a compassionately observed, manifestly flawed redemption
It is time to call David Park what he is - a very great writer. Travelling In A Strange Land is an eruption of love and sorrow, overwhelmingly compassionate and wise, hearing the heart break and maybe even heal, bearing the deepest testimony to the love, unending love, binding parent and child. A mighty book
An extraordinary novel, at once startling and quietly brilliant. David Park is a one of Ireland's great novelists and this is, perhaps, his best
This is a father and son novel of rare intensity. We are taken on an unforgettable winter journey and, like in a skid, we have no idea which way we'll be facing by the end. He writes with a focus and precision which wrings the heart
I just loved the David Park. Everything about it. It's just a profound and beautifully sad work and if you want to know what great writing is, it's right there
This, then, is the story of a lost child and a parent's guilt about decisions that seemed justifiable at the time but that merely led the way to irreversible tragedy, about the search for redemption . Its concerns are firmly on one man and his search for meaning and solace
Extraordinary ... As raw and moving a chronicle of pain and powerlessness as could be written. Beautiful, too
David Park is now one of the best British novelists. He's perfected his art. His new book qualifies him as the Belfast Turgenev ... One of the truest observers of life . he is even more compelling on his favourite subject, the delicate balance which ties, and taunts, fathers and sons. This touching story of a ruminating father's solitary journey to Scotland to bring home his sick son for Christmas is one of his best yet. It has all of Park's magic, melancholy and tenderness, and is, in more ways than one, an absolute dream
Park appears to write effortlessly, with one foot planted firmly in the canon of traditional Irish lyricism and another flirting with modern parlance . His emotional intelligence is remarkable
A writer's writer . Park is to be commended for his great skill with language and emotion
One of the shrewdest observers of the way we live now
He is an astute storyteller whose vision is sustained by instinct, intelligent observation, and a sense of responsibility