The Love Object: Selected Stories of Edna O'Brien

The Love Object: Selected Stories of Edna O'Brien


By (author) Edna O'Brien

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction
  • Format: Hardback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 161mm x 240mm x 44mm | 852g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 057127028X
  • ISBN 13: 9780571270286
  • Sales rank: 190,068

Product description

Collected here together for the first time in one beautiful volume are the stories of an expert practitioner of the shorter form. Spanning five decades of writing, The Love Object takes the most memorable and successful stories from collections like A Scandalous Woman and Saints and Sinners; stories such as 'Shovel Kings', 'Irish Revel', 'Lantern Slides' and 'Paradise' that have bewitched generation after generation. Referred to in the New York Review of Books by Harold Bloom as 'the short story master', Edna O'Brien's stories are a cumulative portrait of a nation, seen from within and without. Here you will find stories about families, feuds, love and land; enchantment, disenchantment, and throughout, the manifold bonds of love. Here are stories about the tension between country and city life, the instinct towards escape and nostalgia for home; and always the shimmering, potent prose.

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Author information

Since her debut novel The Country Girls Edna O'Brien has written over twenty works of fiction along with a biography of James Joyce and Lord Byron. She is the recipient of many awards including the Irish Pen Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Art's Gold Medal and the Ulysses Medal. Born and raised in the west of Ireland she has lived in London for many years.

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O'Brien anatomises with a forensic eye the yearning for love ...these stories [have] extraordinary power. -- Matthew Dennison The Times Every one of the stories included is a shining example of a master at work. -- Lucy Scholes Observer Edna O'Brien is one of those writers who are masters of the art of the short story as well as of the novel ... perfectly pitched passages, beautiful, layered with meaning and powerfully evocative, abound in these stories. O'Brien has the finely turned sensibility of the greatest artists - there is often a Mozartian flow to her work. Precisely the right words are shaped into perfect sentences and perfect narratives, which perform their magical alchemy in the reader's soul. There is something miraculous about it all ... As well as being an intensely enjoyable book, it is a very important publication in the history of Irish literature: the selected stories of one of the major writers of our era ... this is an outstanding collection. -- Eilis Ni Dhuibhne Irish Times A stubbornly resilient and defiantly individual talent. -- Joyce Carol Oates Times Literary Supplement