Fighting with Shadows Or, Sciamachy - (Irish Literature) by Dermot Healy (Paperback)
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"About the Book ""Fighting with Shadows tells of violently sundered geographical borders, of maddening religious differences, of the anguished gaps between people as they struggle to find each other, and of how the dead reside among its inhabitants long after they've passed. The imagination's encounter with reality registers Dermot Healey's relentless fascination with the way things are seen and with the things themselves, or the ""erotica of little things."" A realist account and nightmarish fable, Fighting with Shadows is critical to the history of modern Irish fiction"" -- Book Synopsis Initially published in 1984, Dermot Healy's stunning first novel, Fighting with Shadows, returns to print after almost thirty years. Largely set in the border village of Fanacross, Co. Fermanagh, as Ireland stumbles clumsily toward modernity, the Allen family negotiate a bitter and troubled terrain. Fighting with Shadows offers extraordinary and poetic glimpses of the compelling lives of ordinary people. The novel's landscape is of borderlands, of in-between spaces; it tells of violently sundered geographical borders, of maddening religious differences, of the anguished gaps between people as they struggle to find each other, and of how the dead reside among its inhabitants long after they've passed. At once realist account and nightmarish magic realist fable, Fighting with Shadows occupies a truly important position in the history of modern Irish fiction."

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