• Apeirogon, n.m. :
    Figure géométrique au nombre infini de côtés.

    Rami Elhanan est israélien, fils d'un rescapé de la Shoah, ancien soldat de la guerre du Kippour ; Bassam Aramin est palestinien, et n'a connu que la dépossession, la prison et les humiliations.
    Tous deux ont perdu une fille dans le conflit. Abir avait dix ans, Smadar, treize ans.
    Passés le choc, la douleur, les souvenirs, le deuil, il y a l'envie de sauver des vies.
    Eux qui étaient nés pour se haïr décident de raconter leur histoire et de se battre pour la paix.

    Afin de restituer cette tragédie immense, ce conflit infini, et de rendre hommage à l'histoire vraie de cette amitié, Colum McCann nous offre une oeuvre totale à la forme inédite.

  • 7 août 1974. Sur une corde tendue entre les Twin Towers s'élance un funambule. Un événement extraordinaire dans la vie de personnes ordinaires. Corrigan, un prêtre irlandais, cherche Dieu au milieu des prostituées, des vieux, des miséreux du Bronx ; dans un luxueux appartement de Park Avenue, des mères de soldats disparus au Vietnam se réunissent pour partager leur douleur et découvrent qu'il y a entre elles des barrières que la mort même ne peut surmonter ; dans une prison new-yorkaise, Tillie, une prostituée épuisée, crie son désespoir de n'avoir su protéger sa fille et ses petits-enfants... Une ronde de personnages dont les voix s'entremêlent pour restituer toute l'effervescence d'une époque. Porté par la grâce de l'écriture de Colum McCann, un roman vibrant, poignant, l'histoire d'un monde qui n'en finit pas de se relever.

  • Danseur

    Colum Mccann

    Des forêts de l'Oural aux clubs de l'underground new-yorkais en passant par Leningrad et les hauts lieux de la jet-set internationale, un roman flamboyant porté par une écriture âpre et riche où se dessine une somptueuse histoire d'amour, d'art et d'exil.
    En 1944, dans un hôpital soviétique, Rudik, six ans, danse pour son premier public : aucun des soldats mutilés n'oubliera cet instant éblouissant... Dès lors, ce fils de paysan sait. Il sait qu'il ne reculera devant rien : mentir à sa mère, braver la colère du père, endurer brimades et humiliations. Pour danser comme il le doit, il ira jusqu'à s'exiler à jamais. Travailleur acharné, obsédé de beauté et de perfection, Rudik fascinera tous ceux qui croiseront sa route, leur offrant le sentiment d'avoir côtoyé un ange ou un démon, un vrai génie, un monstre de sexe et d'excès.
    Une icône du XXe siècle : Noureïev.

  • " ce roman parle de new york, d'amour, de mariages mixtes, de terrassiers qui creusent des tunnels, de bâtisseurs de gratte-ciel qui dansent sur des poutrelles à des centaines de mètres au-dessus de la ville.
    C'est peut-être le premier vrai roman consacré aux sans-abri, à ceux qui vivent au-dessous et à l'écart de la cité prospère. on sent que colum mccann a fréquenté ces lieux-là : dans une langue qui procure un plaisir presque physique, il évoque avec une rare puissance ce présent qui empeste et ce passé qui oppresse. " frank mccourt.

  • Zoli

    Colum Mccann

    Poétesse rom à la voix de feu, Zoli fascine ceux qui l'approchent mais reste insaisissable. Élevée sur les routes par son grand-père, qui a bravé l'interdit tzigane en lui apprenant à lire et à écrire, Zoli découvre très jeune le pouvoir des mots. Mais coucher sur le papier l'histoire de sa communauté, c'est livrer aux gadze une partie de l'âme tzigane. Adulée par le régime communiste avant de devenir paria, bannie par les siens pour avoir transgressé les règles, Zoli paiera sa liberté au prix fort... Parabole sur l'exil, éloge de la différence, Zoli est le voyage sans retour dans l'Europe des années trente à nos jours, d'une femme à la volonté impitoyable, et, à travers elle, un hymne aux " errants du monde " que l'on veut à toute force sangler à la terre.

  • 1845, Lily quitte Dublin pour le Nouveau Monde, bouleversant le destin de ses descendantes : Emily, Lottie, Hannah. Des vies minuscules marquées par l'Histoire et ses héros ... l'esclave Frederick Douglass, les aviateurs Alcock et Brown... Entre l'Irlande et l'Amérique, du XIXe siècle à nos jours, leurs voix se mêlent, tissant une fresque vertigineuse sur l'exil, et l'espoir. Avec cette épopée d'une rare humanité, portée par une écriture exquise et une construction virtuose, Colum McCann signe son roman le plus audacieux. Poignant, universel, magistral.

  • Chaque chapitre s'ouvre sur une citation des plus grands auteurs, classiques, modernes ou contemporains. Au hasard : Charles Baudelaire, « Il faut être toujours ivre. Tout est là : c'est l'unique question. Pour ne pas sentir l'horrible fardeau du Temps qui brise vos épaules et vous penche vers la terre, il faut vous enivrer sans trève. Mais de quoi ? De vin, de poésie ou de vertu, à votre guise. » ; Virginia Woolf, « Nul besoin de se presser. Nul besoin de briller. Nul besoin d'être différent de ce qu'on est. » ; Hunter S. Thompson, « Je n'ai pas encore trouvé de drogue qui défonce autant que s'asseoir à sa table de travail pour écrire. »

  • Un riche magistrat assassiné, une mère dont le fils disparaît, une femme soldat sur le front afghan le soir du Nouvel An, une religieuse faisant face au souvenir de son violeur... Tout le talent, la poésie, l'émotion de Colum McCann déployés dans un court roman et quatre nouvelles reliés par la violence - quotidienne, guerrière, psychologique, politique ou sociale -, mais surtout par ces moments de grâce qui font qu'au bout du compte l'espoir reste.

  • « Les douze histoires que raconte Colum McCann ne sont pas franchement faites pour se tenir les côtes. Mais elles font qu'on se tient le coeur qui, à les lire, bat plus vite et fond de tendresse. Dans chacune d'elles, il y a des gens qui sont loin de chez eux. Des Irlandais pour la plupart. Ils n'ont pas la vie qu'ils aimeraient. Ils se réfugient dans le rêve, la folie, la violence, le passé. [...] Accrochez-vous, c'est merveilleux ! Il y a, dans toutes ces nouvelles, une justesse de ton, un doigté, une élégance de sentiments, une grâce d'une douceur qui serre la gorge. Dans ces ciels tourmentés et lourds, ces destins minables et tragiques, passe une lumière qui fait lever le regard. Colum McCann, qui avait étonné et conquis tout le monde avec Les Saisons de la nuit, vient à nouveau de frapper. Et à douze reprises, encore ! Laissant le lecteur K.O., la tête pleine d'étoiles. » Stéphane Hoffmann, Le Figaro Magazine.

  • New York, August 1974: a man is walking in the sky. Between the newly built Twin Towers, the man twirls through the air. Far below, the lives of complete strangers spin towards each other: Corrigan, a radical Irish monk working in the Bronx; Claire, a delicate Upper East Side housewife reeling from the death of her son; Lara, a drug-addled young artist; Gloria, solid and proud despite decades of hardship; Tillie, a hooker who used to dream of a better life; and Jazzlyn, her beautiful daughter raised on promises that reach beyond the skyline of New York. In the shadow of one reckless and beautiful act, these disparate lives will collide, and be transformed for ever.

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  • Une jeune fille seule avec un père en deuil et consumé par sa haine de l'ennemi ; un garçon qui en secret aide sa mère à fabriquer des hampes de bois destinées aux défilés orangistes ; un adolescent qui suit, impuissant, la grève de la faim entamée par son oncle en prison...
    Comment grandir dans un pays en guerre, quand la violence n'épargne aucune famille ? a travers ces nouvelles, colum mccann brosse l'inoubliable portrait de trois jeunes irlandais témoins, ou, malgré eux, acteurs du drame et qui oscillent entre colère, résignation et désir de vivre. illuminés par une langue d'une singulière beauté, proche de la prose poétique, ces récits comptent parmi les plus bouleversants jamais écrits sur la tragédie de l'irlande contemporaine.

  • A story in this collection has been longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG short story award As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing.

    It is a cold day in January when J. Mendelssohn wakes in his Upper East Side apartment. Old and frail, he is entirely reliant on the help of his paid carer, and as he waits for the heating to come on, the clacking of the pipes stirs memories of the past; of his childhood in Lithuania and Dublin, of his distinguished career as a judge, and of his late wife, Eileen. Later he leaves the house to meet his son Elliot for lunch, and when Eliot departs mid-meal, Mendelssohn continues eating alone as the snow falls heavily outside.

    Moments after he leaves the restaurant he is brutally attacked. The detectives working on the case search through the footage of Mendelssohn's movements, captured by cameras in his home and on the street. Their work is like that of a poet: the search for a random word that, included at the right instance, will suddenly make sense of everything.

    Told from a multitude of perspectives, in lyrical, hypnotic prose, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a ground-breaking novella of true resonance. Accompanied by three equally powerful stories set in Afghanistan, Galway and London, this is a tribute to humanity's search for meaning and grace, from a writer at the height of his form, capable of imagining immensities even in the smallest corners of our lives.

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  • APEIROGON - A NOVEL

    Colum Mccann

    The National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin tells an epic story rooted in the real-life friendship between two men united by loss in this daring, symphonic novel. Colum McCann's most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon --named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides--is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging. Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints both physical and emotional that they must negotiate. Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of one another's stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace. McCann crafts Apeirogon out of a universe of fictional and non-fictional material. He crosses centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature, and politics together in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. Musical, cinematic, muscular, delicate, and soaring, Apeirogon is a novel for our times.

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  • Anglais This Side of Brightness

    Colum Mccann

    Modern fictionNew edition of McCann's novel which delves into the underbelly of New York. First published by Phoenix, this version ties in with the new paperback edition of Let The Great World Spin.

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  • BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Colum McCann's TransAtlantic.
    A unique love story, a tale of loss, a parable of Europe, this haunting novel is an examination of intimacy and betrayal in a community rarely captured so vibrantly in contemporary literature.
    Zoli Novotna, a young woman raised in the traveling Gypsy tradition, is a poet by accident as much as desire. As 1930s fascism spreads over Czechoslovakia, Zoli and her grandfather flee to join a clan of fellow Romani harpists. Sharpened by the world of books, which is often frowned upon in the Romani tradition, Zoli becomes the poster girl for a brave new world. As she shapes the ancient songs to her times, she finds her gift embraced by the Gypsy people and savored by a young English expatriate, Stephen Swann.
    But Zoli soon finds that when she falls she cannot fall halfway–neither in love nor in politics. While Zoli’s fame and poetic skills deepen, the ruling Communists begin to use her for their own favor. Cast out from her family, Zoli abandons her past to journey to the West, in a novel that spans the 20th century and travels the breadth of Europe.
    Colum McCann, acclaimed author of Dancer and This Side of Brightness, has created a sensuous novel about exile, belonging and survival, based loosely on the true story of the Romani poet Papsuza. It spans the twentieth century and travels the breadth of Europe. In the tradition of Steinbeck, Coetzee, and Ondaatje, McCann finds the art inherent in social and political history, while vividly depicting how far one gifted woman must journey to find where she belongs.

  • In 1919 Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. In 1845 Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. And in 1998 Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace. Stitching these stories intricately together, Colum McCann sets out to explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, and the tangled skein of connections that make up our lives.

  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS
    In the National Book Award–winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called “an emotional tour de force.” Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined.
    Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators--Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown--set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War.
    Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause--despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave.
    New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland’s notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion.
    These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. Beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, the novel follows her daughter and granddaughter, Emily and Lottie, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, in whom all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on. From the loughs of Ireland to the flatlands of Missouri and the windswept coast of Newfoundland, their journeys mirror the progress and shape of history. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory.
    The most mature work yet from an incomparable storyteller, TransAtlantic is a profound meditation on identity and history in a wide world that grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year.
    Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.
    “A dazzlingly talented author’s latest high-wire act . . . Reminiscent of the finest work of Michael Ondaatje and Michael Cunningham, TransAtlantic is Colum McCann’s most penetrating novel yet.”--O: The Oprah Magazine
    “One of the greatest pleasures of TransAtlantic is how provisional it makes history feel, how intimate, and intensely real. . . . Here is the uncanny thing McCann finds again and again about the miraculous: that it is inseparable from the everyday.”--The Boston Globe
    “Ingenious . . . The intricate connections [McCann] has crafted between the stories of his women and our men [seem] written in air, in water, and--given that his subject is the confluence of Irish and American history--in blood.”--Esquire
    “Another sweeping, beautifully constructed tapestry of life . . . Reading McCann is a rare joy.”--The Seattle Times
    “Entrancing . . . McCann folds his epic meticulously into this relatively slim volume like an accordion; each pleat holds music--elation and sorrow.”--The Denver Post
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • Colum McCann’s beloved novel inspired by Philippe Petit’s daring high-wire stunt, which is also depicted in the film The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.
    Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s.
    Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century.”
    A sweeping and radical social novel, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a “fiercely original talent” (San Francisco Chronicle), award-winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and even heal.
    BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic.
    “This is a gorgeous book, multilayered and deeply felt, and it’s a damned lot of fun to read, too. Leave it to an Irishman to write one of the greatest-ever novels about New York. There’s so much passion and humor and pure lifeforce on every page of Let the Great World Spin that you’ll find yourself giddy, dizzy, overwhelmed.”--Dave Eggers
    “Stunning . . . [an] elegiac glimpse of hope . . . It’s a novel rooted firmly in time and place. It vividly captures New York at its worst and best. But it transcends all that. In the end, it’s a novel about families--the ones we’re born into and the ones we make for ourselves.”--USA Today
    “Mesmerizing . . . a Joycean look at the lives of New Yorkers changed by a single act on a single day . . . McCann’s marvelously rich novel . . . weaves a portrait of a city and a moment, dizzyingly satisfying to read and difficult to put down.”--The Seattle Times
    “Vibrantly whole . . . With a series of spare, gorgeously wrought vignettes, Colum McCann brings 1970s New York to life. . . . And as always, McCann’s heart-stoppingly simple descriptions wow.”--Entertainment Weekly
    “An act of pure bravado, dizzying proof that to keep your balance you need to know how to fall.”--O: The Oprah Magazine

  • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • NPR • Los Angeles Times • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • The Independent
    In such acclaimed novels as Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, National Book Award–winning author Colum McCann has transfixed readers with his precision, tenderness, and authority. Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments.
    “As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing.”
    In the exuberant title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life’s work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last. In “Sh’khol,” a mother spending Christmas alone with her son confronts the unthinkable when he disappears while swimming off the coast near their home in Ireland. In “Treaty,” an elderly nun catches a snippet of a news report in which it is revealed that the man who once kidnapped and brutalized her is alive, masquerading as an agent of peace. And in “What Time Is It Now, Where You Are?” a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year’s Eve.
    Deeply personal, subtly subversive, at times harrowing, and indeed funny, yet also full of comfort, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a striking achievement. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Colum McCann forges from their stories a profound tribute to our search for meaning and grace. The collection is a rumination on the power of storytelling in a world where language and memory can sometimes falter, but in the end do not fail us, and a contemplation of the healing power of literature.
    Praise for Thirteen Ways of Looking
    “Extraordinary . . . incandescent.”--Chicago Tribune
    “The irreducible mystery of human experience ties this small collection together, and in each of these stories McCann explores that theme in some strikingly effective ways. . . . [The first story] is as fascinating as it is poignant. . . . [The second] captures the mundane and mysterious aspects of shaping characters from the gray clay of words, placing them in realistic settings and breathing life into their lungs. . . . That he makes the story so emotionally compelling is a sign of his genius. . . . The most remarkable [piece] is Sh’khol. . . . Caught in the rushing currents of this drama, you know you’re reading a little masterpiece.”--The Washington Post
    “McCann is a writer of power and subtlety and beauty. . . . The powerful title story loiters in the mind long after you’ve read it.”--Sarah Lyall, The New York Times
    “[McCann] unspools complex and unforgettable stories in this, his first collection in more than a decade.”--The Boston Globe
    “McCann is a passionate writer whose impulse is always toward a generous understanding of his diverse characters.”--The Wall Street Journal
    “Powerful, profound, and deeply empathetic, McCann’s beautifully wrought writing in Thirteen Ways of Looking glides off the page.”--BuzzFeed
    “McCann weaves the magic that made Let the Great World Spin so acclaimed.”--The Huffington Post
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • From the bestselling author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin comes a lesson in how to be a writer--and so much more than that.
    Intriguing and inspirational, this book is a call to look outward rather than inward. McCann asks his readers to constantly push the boundaries of experience, to see empathy and wonder in the stories we craft and hear.
    A paean to the power of language, both by argument and by example, Letters to a Young Writer is fierce and honest in its testament to the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling. It charges aspiring writers to learn the rules and even break them.
    These fifty-two essays are ultimately a profound challenge to a new generation to bring truth and light to a dark world through their art.
    Praise for the fiction of Colum McCann
    Let the Great World Spin
    Winner of the National Book Award
    “One of the most electric, profound novels I have read in years.”--Jonathan Mahler, The New York Times Book Review
    “There’s so much passion and humor and pure life force on every page that you’ll find yourself giddy, dizzy, overwhelmed.”--Dave Eggers
    TransAtlantic
    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
    “Reminiscent of the finest work of Michael Ondaatje and Michael Cunningham.”--O: The Oprah Magazine
    “Another sweeping, beautifully constructed tapestry of life . . . Reading McCann is a rare joy.”--The Seattle Times
    Thirteen Ways of Looking
    A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
    “The irreducible mystery of human experience ties this small collection together, and in each of these stories McCann explores that theme in strikingly effective ways.”--The Washington Post
    “Extraordinary . . . incandescent.”--Chicago Tribune

  • A story in this collection has been longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG short story award
    As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing.
    It is a cold day in January when J. Mendelssohn wakes in his Upper East Side apartment. Old and frail, he is entirely reliant on the help of his paid carer, and as he waits for the heating to come on, the clacking of the pipes stirs memories of the past; of his childhood in Lithuania and Dublin, of his distinguished career as a judge, and of his late wife, Eileen. Later he leaves the house to meet his son Elliot for lunch, and when Eliot departs mid-meal, Mendelssohn continues eating alone as the snow falls heavily outside.
    Moments after he leaves the restaurant he is brutally attacked. The detectives working on the case search through the footage of Mendelssohn's movements, captured by cameras in his home and on the street. Their work is like that of a poet: the search for a random word that, included at the right instance, will suddenly make sense of everything.
    Told from a multitude of perspectives, in lyrical, hypnotic prose, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a ground-breaking novella of true resonance. Accompanied by three equally powerful stories set in Afghanistan, Galway and London, this is a tribute to humanity's search for meaning and grace, from a writer at the height of his form, capable of imagining immensities even in the smallest corners of our lives.

  • I hope there is something here for any young writer - or any older writer, for that matter - who happens to be looking for a teacher to come along, a teacher who, in the end, can really teach nothing at all but fire.
    From the critically acclaimed Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin, comes a paean to the power of language, and a direct address to the artistic, professional and philosophical concerns that challenge and sometimes torment an author.
    Comprising fifty-two short prose pieces, Letters to a Young Writer ranges from practical matters of authorship, such as finding an agent, the pros and cons of creative writing degrees and handling bad reviews, through to the more joyous and celebratory, as McCann elucidates the pleasures to be found in truthful writing, for: 'the best writing makes us glad that we are - however briefly - alive.'
    Emphatic and empathetic, pragmatic and profound, this is an essential companion to any author's journey - and a deeply personal work from one of our greatest literary voices.

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