The Ginger Man : The Sixtieth Anniversary Edition, Hardback Book

The Ginger Man : The Sixtieth Anniversary Edition Hardback


The Ginger Man is one of the great comic novels of post-war Europe - an anarchic, light-hearted, rambunctious twentieth-century classic following the social and sexual peregrinations of a footloose American on the streets and in the pubs of Dublin.

Dorothy Parker wrote of it, 'stunning ...brilliant ...The Ginger Man is the picaresque novel to stop them all.

Lusty, violent, wildly funny, it is a rigadoon of rascality, a bawled-out comic song of sex'.As Brendan Behan edited - without permission - the manuscript that would become The Ginger Man, he predicted that it was destined to 'go around the world, and beat the bejaysus out of the Bible'.

Behan got the first part right. Since its first publication in 1955, the novel has sold close to 50 million copies, bringing more (mostly American) tourists to Dublin's Trinity College (where it was set) than the Book of Kells.

To celebrate its sixtieth year of publication, as its author approaches his ninetieth, The Lilliput Press marks the occasion with this specially commissioned volume, available in standard hardback or as a signed, numbered edition, limited to 200 copies.As well as the original text it has a foreword by the actor and director Johnny Depp (who plans to produce a film version); an exchange of letters between Donleavy and the late Arland Ussher; a selection of archival photographs of TCD in the early 1950s, and pages from the original manuscript. This edition will also include an illustrated essay on 'The publishing odyssey of The Ginger Man' by bibliographer and archivist Bill Dunn, detailing the book's fraught origins and its battles against censorship.

Banned in Ireland until 1968, the novel has been translated into some two dozen languages including Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese, with a Mandarin translation set for late 2015.

It has been cited as one of the 100 best novels of the twentieth century.




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