By Edna O'Brien

A PAGAN position is Edna O'Brien's precise novel of eire. the following she returns to that uniquely really good, negative, atypical position she as soon as referred to as domestic and writes not just of a existence there--of the kid changing into a woman--but of the Irish event out of which that lifestyles arises--perhaps extra pointedly than in any of her different works. this can be the eire of kingdom villages and barley fields, of druids within the woods, of unknown infants within the womb, of mischievous women and Tans with weapons. eire has marked Edna O'Brien's lifestyles and paintings with unmistakable colour and intensity, and right here she recreates her place of origin with a novel grace and intensity.

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