The South

The South

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In 1950, Katherine Proctor leaves Ireland and her family for Barcelona, determined to become a painter. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and proceeds to build a life with him. But Katherine cannot escape her past, as Michael Graves, a fellow Irish emigre to Spain, forces her to re-examine all her relationships: to her lover, her art and the homeland she only thought she knew. This is a strong and moving work of fiction about the hard truths of changing one's life. Colm Toibin, like his characters, never says too much and never lets us grow too comfortable. A grand achievement' Don DeLillo A broad and beautifully worked canvas ...An imaginative, deeply felt and evocative tale' Sunday Timesshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 18mm | 140.62g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0330323334
  • 9780330323338
  • 154,883

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Set against a backdrop of Irish and Spanish culture from 1950 to the early seventies. The colours, characters, traditions and histories of the people and the two nations are seen through the eyes of Katherine, who, fleeing from husband, son and home in Ireland becomes involved with a group of artists in Barcelona. Constantly developing and strengthening over the next twenty years, it is her skill as a painter that provides the perspective and wisdom she needs to cope with her changing world. Winner of the 1991 Irish Times Aer Lingus Literature Prize. (Kirkus UK)show more

About Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, The Blackwater Lightship and most recently The Master, which was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. His non-fiction includes Bad Blood, Homage to Barcelona and The Sign of the Cross. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He lives in more

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795 ratings
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4 36% (288)
3 35% (278)
2 10% (77)
1 2% (13)
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