Deposition of Father McGreevy, The

Deposition of Father McGreevy, The

In a London pub in the 1950s, editor William Maginn is intrigued by a reference to the reputedly shameful demise of a remote mountain village in Kerry, Ireland, where he was born. Maginn returns to Kerry and uncovers an astonishing tale: both the account of the destruction of a place and a way of life which once preserved Ireland’s ancient traditions, and the tragedy of an increasingly isolated village where the women mysteriously die – leaving the priest, Father McGreevy, to cope.

McGreevy struggles to preserve what remains of his parish, and against the rough mountain elements, the grief and superstitions of his people, and the growing distrust in the town below. Rich in the details of Irish lore and life, and a gripping exploration of both the locus of misfortune and the nature of evil, its narrative evokes both a time and a place with the accuracy of a keen unsentimental eye, and renders its characters with heartfelt depth.

A remarkable haunting and sometimes harrowing book that will leave you thinking long after the final pages have turned. 

'It should have won all the prize, but it is too raw and painful for that … such a powerful book, so truthful' Doris Lessing

'O’Doherty’s powerful and sometimes magical writing keeps a reader closely involved' Julian Moynahan, New York Review of Books

'Both powerful and understated, reminiscent in more than one way of Conrad's Heart of Darkness ... it is remarkable and haunting, and I'm glad it didn't win the Booker, for otherwise I wouldn't have looked at it at all' Guardian

'Eerily compelling' Elle

'O'Doherty (The Strange Case of Mademoiselle P.) works overtime with local color, pathos and religious symbolism in this elaborately constructed homage and elegy to rural, Gaelic Ireland ... Readers will surely enjoy the history and myth O'Doherty spins out here ... and the harrowing plot he imagines​' Publishers Weekly

 

Price £: 
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Published: 
29 Jun 2001
ISBN: 
9781900850681
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Deposition of Father McGreevy, The

In a London pub in the 1950s, editor William Maginn is intrigued by a reference to the reputedly shameful demise of a remote mountain village in Kerry, Ireland, where he was born. Maginn returns to Kerry and uncovers an astonishing tale: both the account of the destruction of a place and a way of life which once preserved Ireland’s ancient traditions, and the tragedy of an increasingly isolated village where the women mysteriously die – leaving the priest, Father McGreevy, to cope.

McGreevy struggles to preserve what remains of his parish, and against the rough mountain elements, the grief and superstitions of his people, and the growing distrust in the town below. Rich in the details of Irish lore and life, and a gripping exploration of both the locus of misfortune and the nature of evil, its narrative evokes both a time and a place with the accuracy of a keen unsentimental eye, and renders its characters with heartfelt depth.

A remarkable haunting and sometimes harrowing book that will leave you thinking long after the final pages have turned. 

'It should have won all the prize, but it is too raw and painful for that … such a powerful book, so truthful' Doris Lessing

'O’Doherty’s powerful and sometimes magical writing keeps a reader closely involved' Julian Moynahan, New York Review of Books

'Both powerful and understated, reminiscent in more than one way of Conrad's Heart of Darkness ... it is remarkable and haunting, and I'm glad it didn't win the Booker, for otherwise I wouldn't have looked at it at all' Guardian

'Eerily compelling' Elle

'O'Doherty (The Strange Case of Mademoiselle P.) works overtime with local color, pathos and religious symbolism in this elaborately constructed homage and elegy to rural, Gaelic Ireland ... Readers will surely enjoy the history and myth O'Doherty spins out here ... and the harrowing plot he imagines​' Publishers Weekly

 

Price £: 
6.99
eBook
Published: 
15 Feb 2014
ISBN: 
9781908129109
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About the author

  • Brian O'Doherty

    Born in Ireland, O’Doherty started his working life as a medical doctor. Following his emigration to the USA in 1957, he devoted himself to the visual arts and first established himself as an influential writer and critic (he is best known for his seminal essays, Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space, 1976). Pioneering conceptual art from the 1960s defined his transition from writer to artist. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, at Documenta in Kassel, Germany and in the Rosc exhibition in Dublin. His most recent exhibition in Ireland was his 50-year retrospective at the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane in 2006. The exhibition was recently seen at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University. In 2014,  "Brian O'Doherty: Connecting the ...  "  was shown in P! Gallery in collaboration with the Simone Subal Gallery, New York.

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