The Third Party

The Third Party : A surreal odyssey from Belfast to Hiroshima

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Breakfast in a hotel, a stroll through town then it's off to a meting with clients, followed by dinner and bed ...what could be more routine in the life of a travelling businessman? But this is Hiroshima, no ordinary city. And for this Belfast businessman, the past is not quite so innocent as the product that he is selling. When he meets Ike, a fellow traveller from Belfast who just happens to be in Japan for a conference on 'writing and conflict', the narrator gradually finds that the past and its legacies cannot be ignored, whether he's in Belfast or Hiroshima. Bristling with taut psychological energy, The Third Party is a knowing and powerful exploration of the legacies of war by one of our best Irish writers. Glenn Patterson is also the author of Burning Your Own, Fat Lad and The International, all published by Blackstaff Press.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 16mm | 240.4g
  • Colourpoint Books
  • Blackstaff Press Ltd
  • Newtownards, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0856408093
  • 9780856408090
  • 1,541,774

About Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson is the author of eight previous novels, including Burning Your Own, Fat Lad, The International - 'the best novel about the Troubles ever written' (Anne Enright) - and The Third Party. He is the co-writer of Good Vibrations (BBC Films/The Works), an award-winning movie based on the life of Belfast punk impresario Terri Hooley.show more

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an intriguing and highly entertaining novel -- Roddy Doyle A perfect literary artefact: deftly plotted, artfully constructed, very sad, very wise, and very, very funny. It will, without a doubt, consolidate Glenn Patterson's reputation as one of our foremost novelists. -- Carlo Gebler Under the surface of this deft, witty and moving novel, the big questions tick inexorably on. Glenn Patterson puts the domestic and the terrible together in unexpected, and truthful, ways. Utterly contemporary, clear-eyed and compassionate: he is the opposite of cliche. (And boy does Ireland need the opposite of cliche.) -- Anne Enright A brilliant novel, wonderful writing. I'm outraged. -- Robert McLiam Wilsonshow more

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16 ratings
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4 25% (4)
3 25% (4)
2 31% (5)
1 6% (1)
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