The Visitor, Paperback
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'The Visitor is the work of a sure hand...and Brennan's prose is terse and exquisitely precise throughout...Only in the work of Emily Dickinson can the same ferocious vision - of love, pain, transgression and death - and economy of expression be found.' Guardian The Visitor tells the haunting tale of Anastasia King, who, at the age of twenty-two, returns to her grandmother's house in Ireland - the very house where she grew up - after six long years away.

An atmospheric story of Dublin, it is also a dissection of the unkind, ungenerous, emotionally unreachable side of the Irish temperament.

Recently rediscovered in a university archive, The Visitor was written in the mid-1940s but has never been published until now.

Long championed by authors from Nuala O'Faolain and Clare Messud to John Updike, this miraculous literary discovery confirms Brennan's status as a master of the novella and one of the best storytellers since Joyce. 'An astonishing miniature masterpiece, except there is nothing miniature about the forces at work in a story as violent underneath as it is demure on the surface ...The ferocity of her vision of femininity is hers alone. ' Nuala O'Faolain



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A suffocating novella. Brennan's writing is spare and undramatic. Her control over the angry drama and stifling despair is superb. Her prose is often lyrical, her imagery vivid and sad. Even in this early work, her understanding of and interest in loneliness and placelessness is apparent and unsettling. The ending left me disturbed. Warrants a second (and third) visit.

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