Irish Journal

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Irish Journal

By Heinrich Boll; Leila Vennewitz (Translator); Hugo Hamilton (Introduction by)

Melville House Publishing, Paperback, 9781935554196, 109pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 2011


A unique entry in the Böll library, Irish Journal records an eccentric tour of Ireland in the 1950's. An epilogue written fourteen years later reflects on the enormous changes to the country and the people that Böll loved. Irish Journal is a time capsule of a land and a way of life that has disappeared.

About the Author
An International Christmas brings together seven stories and eight poems by well-known authors from Canada, the United States, Britain, and Germany. Included is Christmas fiction by Margaret Laurence, Roy MacGregor, Tim Wynne-Jones, Maureen Hull, Annie Dillard, Grace Paley, and Heinrich B?ll. It also features poetry by such celebrated Canadian poets as P.K. Page, Milton Acorn, and John Terpstra, as well as Britains John Julius Norwich and Wendy Cope.

Leila Vennewitz was the distinguished translator of Heinrich Boll and other postwar German writers, including Jurek Becker and Martin Walser. She won numerous awards for her translations. She died in 2007.

In his first novel since the bestselling memoir "The Speckled People", Hugo Hamilton has created a truly compelling story of lost identity and a remarkable reflection on the ambiguity of belonging.