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Selected Poems, Lorca, Pessoa
The work of celebrated European poets can be found in Penguin Classics. Selected poems of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca and the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa are both avaliable in English, in paperback. Victoria Glendinning summarises Lorca's gift pithily, on the back cover of this 300-page bi-lingual selection. “He had duende…a sort of spirit-possession, an unearthly artistic energy.“ P Kehoe
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I Refuse Per Petterson ****
I Refuse charts the close friendship between Tommy and Jim who grow up in a small village in Southern Norway. The story leaps back and forth, from 2006 - when they meet once again as adults - to the years 1966, 1967 and 1970. When Tommy was a boy, his mother departed, leaving her four children in the care of their violent father. Meanwhile, Jim has his own problems. Dark but infinitely compelling. Paddy Kehoe
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New Selected Poems Seamus Heaney
Faber & Faber have just published in hardback Heaney's New Selected Poems 1966- 1987 and New Selected Poems 1988-2013.“ His is close-up poetry – close up to thought, to the world, to the emotions, “ writes John Banville on the jacket for the first of these collections. Essential selections to be savoured, these poems are the product of a profound, earthed sensibility and a unique vision. P Kehoe
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Vivid Faces RF Foster *****
Historian Roy Foster's new book looks at the key figures - and their associates- who led the struggle for Irish nationhood and identity 100 years ago. Foster’s illuminating account has a wide remit, surveying feminist collectives, Irish-language summer schools, vegetarian restaurants and radical newspapers.Yeats, JM Synge, Maud Gonne, Constance Marcievicz, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington all have their part to play. P Kehoe
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Let Me Be Frank With You
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