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Edna O'Brien - Kis ​piros székek
Magát ​hitgyógyítónak nevező balkáni idegen érkezik egy nyugat-írországi falucskába, és hamarosan bűvkörébe vonja az egész közösséget, különösen megigézve Fidelma McBride-ot. A nő végzetes vonzalma a karizmatikus férfi iránt megdöbbentő következményekkel jár. Edna O'Brien sodró, feltartóztathatatlanul áradó története nemcsak a gonosz csáberejéről, a reményről, csalódásról és árulásról szól, a továbblépés lehetőségét is felvázolja. A Kis piros székek az első oldaltól az utolsóig fogva tartja az olvasót, és miközben bátran szembenéz korunk számos aggasztó erkölcsi kérdésével, egy percre sem téveszti szem elől a sötétségben fel-felragyogó emberséget. Edna O'Brien 1930-ban született Nyugat-Írországban. Első regénye, a Vidéki lányok megjelenése óta több mint húsz szépirodalmi művet írt. Munkásságát számos díjjal ismerték el, egyebek közt megkapta az Ír PEN Klub Életmű-díját, az Amerikai Művészeti Arany Emlékérmet és a Frank O'Connor-díjat. Évtizedek óta Londonban él.

Edna O'Brien - The ​Light of Evening
"The ​Light of Evening" is a story of attachments, the attachment to land and especially the attachment between mother and daughter, who yearn for closeness but are also estranged. From her hospital bed in Dublin, the elderly Dilly awaits the visit of her daughter, Eleanora, from London. The epochs of her life pass before her: emigrating to America in the 1920s, a romantic liaison, and the destiny that brought her back to Ireland and marriage into the formerly grand property called Rusheen. She also retraces Eleanora's precipitate marriage to a foreigner, which alienated mother and daughter even more, and Dilly's heart-rending letters sent over the years in a determination to reclaim her daughter. But Eleanora's visit does not prove to be the glad reunion Dilly prayed for. And in her hasty departure, Eleanora leaves behind a secret journal of their stormy relationship—a revelation that brings the novel to a shocking close.

Edna O'Brien - The ​Lonely Girl
The ​New York Times Book Review hailed _The Country Girls_, the first book in Edna O'Brien's critically acclaimed trilogy, as "Powerful. Intelligent. Ironic. A treasure." _The Lonely Girl_ continues the story of childhood friends Kate and Baba, now both twenty-one, as they navigate the rocky, sometimes treacherous pathways of urban life. With hearts as big as Dublin, and hopes as bright as new pennies, they move bravely and eagerly toward the future. Yet the two couldn't be more different. Kate toils in a grocery shop and lives out her romantic fantasies in books. Baba entertains more earthbound dreams. Their principles-and friendship-are tested when Kate meets a dashing married man, and discovers the exhilaration of passion...and the consequences of falling in love. A novel that combines the teeming ethos of big-city life with the ambitions and yearnings of two emerging young women, _The Lonely Girl_ is a stellar achievement from one of Ireland's finest storytellers.

Edna O'Brien - The ​Country Girls
Meet ​Kate and Baba, two young Irish country girls who have spent their childhood together. As they leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the big city, they struggle to maintain their somewhat tumultuous relationship. Kate, dreamy and romantic, yearns for true love, while Baba just wants to experience the life of a single girl. Although they set out to conquer the world together, as their lives take unexpected turns, Kate and Baba must ultimately learn to find their own way.

Edna O'Brien - The ​Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue
Kate ​and Baba are two ambitious Irish country girls in search of life: romantic Kate seeks love, while pragmatic Baba will take whatever she can get. Together they set out to conquer Dublin and the world. Under the big city’s bright lights, they spin their lives into a whirl of comic and touching misadventures, wild flirtations, and reckless passions. But love changes everything. And as their lives take unexpected and separate turns, Baba and Kate must ultimately learn to go it alone. A beautiful portrait of the pain and joy of youth, the ruin of marriage gone wrong, and the ache of lost friendship and love, this trilogy of Edna O’Brien’s remarkable early novels is more than just a harbinger of the stunning and masterly writer she has become.

Edna O'Brien - Byron ​in Love
Byron, ​more than any other poet, has come to personify the poet as rebel, imaginative and lawless, reaching beyond race, creed or frontier, his gigantic flaws redeemed by a magnetism and ultimately a heroism that by ending in tragedy raised it and him from the particular to the universal. Everything about Lord George Gordon Byron was a paradox - insider and outsider, beautiful and deformed, serious and facetious, profligate but on occasion miserly, and possessed of a fierce intelligence trapped forever in a child's magic and malices. He was also a great poet, but as he reminded us, poetry is a distinct faculty and has little to do with the individual life of its creator. Edna O'Brien's exemplary biography focuses upon the diverse and colourful women in Byron's life.

Edna O'Brien - Girls ​in Their Married Bliss
_Girls ​in Their Married Bliss_ continues the tale of Kate and Baba, two ambitious Irish country girls in search of life. Romantic Kate seeks love, while pragmatic Baba will take whatever she can get. Together they set out to conquer Dublin and the world. Under the big city's bright lights, they spin their lives into a whirl of comic and touching misadventures, wild flirtations, and reckless passions. But love changes everything. And as their lives take unexpected and separate turns, Baba and Kate must ultimately learn to go it alone.

Edna O'Brien - Vidéki ​lányok
A ​szerző művei elsősorban az írországi gyermekkor élményeiből táplálkoznak, népi és tündéri, földközeli és föld fölött lebegő egyidejűleg az írónő kisvilága. Szegények, kopottak, ravaszkodók és ragaszkodók ezek az írek; a szép kislányok jó magaviselettel juthatnak magasabb iskolába, és rossz magaviselettel próbálnak boldogulni az élet rögös útjain. Két ilyen rossz "jókislánynak", Caithleennek és Babának viselt dolgairól szól Edna O'Brien regénytrilógiája. Első kötete az 1960-as Vidéki lányok, önmagában is szerves egész. A szülőfaluban és vidékén, a zöld tájon és a szürke zárdában, tisztes szegénységben és cifra nyomorúságban, igaz és hamis barátok, alkoholista rokonok, földön járó ideálok, villózó fények és árnyak között zajlik a két lány serdülőkora.

Edna O'Brien - Girl ​with Green Eyes
"I ​had dyed all our underwear purple. Baba read somewhere that was a sexy colour, and on the way home from Mass we bought five packets of dye." Cait (now Kate) and Baba are installed in their Dublin guest-house, making up for their sheltered upbringing by drinking, wearing lipstick and dressing up for the local men and going dancing. Kate creates a furore by falling in love with Eugene, a non-Catholic who is separated from his American wife and child. When word of their liaison reaches her father, all hell is let loose. Bad girl Baba has also met a married man and she, like Kate, is tormented by desire and fear. Unlike Kate, however, she is still completely impossible. The story of Caithleen and Baba began in _The Country Girls_ and continues in _Girls in Thier Married Bliss_, both published by Penguin.

Alice Adams - Amy Bloom - John Cheever - Ernest Hemingway - A. M. Homes - Andrea Lee - Joyce Carol Oates - Edna O'Brien - Julie Orringer - James Purdy - Graham Swift - John Updike - David Foster Wallace - Fay Weldon - Poolside
Poolside ​is a waterproof collection of fourteen stories about the satisfactions (and tribulations) of swimming lessons, summer scenes at club pools, chance encounters at the rec center-and just plain floating. The perfect companion for a day of dipping and people watching, Poolside is as necessary as sunscreen for achieving maximum poolside bliss. Poolside features internationally acclaimed authors Alice Adams, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, David Foster Wallace, Ernest Hemingway, John Cheever, and AM Homes, as well as emerging voices such as Julie Orringer and Andrea Lee.

Edna O'Brien - James ​Joyce
One ​of Ireland's greatest contemporary writers turns her attention to one of the country's greatest novelists from the past. Edna O'Brien depicts James Joyce as a man hammered by Church, State and family, yet from such adversities he wrote works "to bestir the hearts of men and angels". The journey begins with Joyce the arrogant youth, his lofty courtship of Nora Barnacle, their hectic sexuality, children, wanderings, debt and profligacy, and Joyce's obsession with the city of Dublin, which he would re-render through his words. Nor does Edna O'Brien spare us the anger and isolation of Joyce's later years, when he felt that the world had turned its back on him, and she asks how could it be otherwise for a man who knew that conflict is the source of all creation.

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