Publication Date: May 31, 2011
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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.
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.