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Return to Killybegs

Return to Killybegs

Sorj Chalandon

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’Superb ... it’s as much a book on Ireland and her national tragedy as it is about friendship and love betrayed.’ – L’Hebdo. ’Sorj Chalandon has gone where too many Irish writers fear to tread’ - Ed Maloney.

Return to Killybegs is the story of a traitor to Belfast's Catholic community, emerging from the white heat of a prolonged war during the 1970s and 1980s in Northern Ireland. This powerful work, lauded by critics, shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt and awarded the Grand Prix de Roman de l'Académie Française, deals with a subject that touches a nerve for most Irish people: the all-too-human circumstances of betrayal and survival.

It is an extraordinary and affecting read. Tyrone Meehan, damned as an informer, ekes out his days in Donegal, awaiting his killers. 'Now that everything is out in the open, they will all speak in my place - the IRA, the British, my family, my close friends, journalists I've never even met. Some of them will go so far as to explain how and why I ended up a traitor ...

Do not trust my enemies, and even less my friends. Ignore those who will say they knew me. Nobody has ever walked in my shoes, nobody. The only reason I'm talking today is because I am the only one who can tell the truth. After I'm gone, I hope for silence.' 'Moving and heart-breaking, Sorj Chalandon's novel tells of a tragic saga - in this case the history of Ireland, that divided, wounded country.

This is a book of profound humanity, marvellously written. With the words and tears of silence.' - Le Nouvel Observateur

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Author Sorj Chalandon
Publisher Lilliput Press
Publication date 17 Aug 2011
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781843513209

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