Friday, 30 January 2015

"Arimathea" by Frank McGuinness. Giveaway for #IrishFictionFortnight

DAY 14

Thanks to Brandon/O'BrienPress for the giveaway copy of this title.  Open INT, just follow rafflecopter link, at the bottom of the page, to enter.  Good Luck!


'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.
A book of close observation, sharp wit, linguistic dexterity – and of deep sympathy for ordinary, everyday humanity.


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)
a novel infused with an understanding of everyday life – the language laced with wit and McGuinness’ panache as a playwright evident in the story as each character takes to the stage
(Belfast Telegraph)
invested with a weighty, parable-like intensity
(Times Literary Supplement)
a powerful, passionate novel … quirky, authentic, often humorous voices
(Books Ireland)
a Greek chorus of quirky, authentic, often humorous voices
(Books Ireland)
curious, unique and unsettling
(Sunday Independent)
this book demands and deserves to be approached on its own terms
(Sunday Independent)
deeply funny about the absurdities of human behaviour 
(Irish Examiner)
McGuinness’s montage of voices creates beautifully bleak first novel
(Sunday Business Post)
a wonderfully unsympathetic portrait of an Irish town and its quietly suffering inhabitants
(Sunday Business Post)
a beautifully thought-provoking piece of fiction
(Sunday Business Post)
distinctive and alive … arresting
(Irish Times)
a distinctively Irish book … echoes of Joyce
(Irish Times)
McGuinness the playwright has shown with Arimathea that he is also a novelist, and he has given us a substantial and intriguing book to contemplate and to remember
(Irish Times)
in his willingness to leave the rest unresolved … Frank McGuinness creates something both beautiful and new
(The Guardian)
an atmosphere of folklore pervades. Lyrical cadences reverberate in the phrasing and there is a profusion of symbolism … imbuing the novel's events with the uncanny aura of fable or myth
(The Literary Review)
the strangeness of McGuinness's novel, the offbeat atmosphere and the narrative motility, certainly make it an intriguing piece of work. It is perhaps worth enduring bafflement to read a novel that is so defiantly unusual
(The Literary Review)

Arimathea is published by Brandon/O'Brien Press and is available in paperback and ebook format


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