The House of Breath

The House of Breath

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The House of Breath, Goyen?s first novel, is a hymn to Charity, a small Texas town. In his celebration, Goyen evokes childhood, memory, loss and a sense of place. The book begins with Goyen?s intoxication with the spells of his birthplace: ?Those Texan wetlands are my wildness. They have haunted me and become my place in all my work.?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 125 x 197 x 15mm
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1852421940
  • 9781852421946

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?William Goyen?s The House of Breath is much more than a first novel of astonishing achievment. A profound sympathy with the humblest and poorest men and women combined with a great poetic insight constitute Mr Goyen?s wonderful and rare gift? Stephen Spender ?At his best, as in his first novel, The House of Breath, William Goyen managed to create an inspired flow of words... He reminds me of Malcolm Lowry in that he knows pity for what it is: a savageness, not a comfort? Robert Nye, Guardian
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About William Goyen

William Goyen was born in Trinity, Texas, in 1915 and died in 1983. His novels include In a Farther Country, Arcadio, and Come, the Restorer. Goyen was a master of the short story and a selection, Had I a Hundred Mouths, is also published by Serpent's Tail.
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158 ratings
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2 7% (11)
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