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Tales and Imaginings

Tales and Imaginings

Tim Robinson

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Tim Robinson has established himself as one of the great non-fiction writers at work in the English language. His non-fiction writings brilliantly transcend established disciplines and styles. An absolute delight to read.

Tales and Imaginings, a collection of imaginative writings from five decades, might seem a profound departure, but one encounters anew the integrity and connectedness of Robinson's body of work. In the earliest stories gathered here, we recognize their author as the young Robinson, doing National Service in Malaya, whom we encountered in two searching autobiographical essays from My Time in Space; reading the most recent piece, 'Three Notes on the Elgin Marbles', we are reminded of Robinson's essay on his work as a visual artist and its examination of the role of the museum.

In between are stories and imaginative essays that engage in unexpected ways with the West of Ireland landscapes Robinson has described so memorably in his previous books. Most of these pieces straddle recognizable genres; for example 'Orion the Hunter', which can easily be read as fiction, was selected for The Best American Essays 1998.

Tim Robinson's non-fiction writings brilliantly transcend established disciplines and styles, and he has always shown himself to be an imaginative writer of the calibre of Borges and of Sebald. Tales and Imaginings confirms that achievement.

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Author Tim Robinson
Publisher Lilliput Press
Publication date 21 Oct 2002
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781843510017

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