Biblioasis Bookclub – A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ni Ghriofa

When:
June 20, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2021-06-20T16:00:00-04:00
2021-06-20T18:00:00-04:00
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Biblioasis Bookshop
519-968-2206
Let’s talk Biblioasis Books! Biblioasis Bookclub is on(line)! Join our friends at Biblioasis Bookshop for a monthly book club focusing on Biblioasis titles!
This month we’re wrapping ourselves in A Ghost in the Throat, a stunning work of autofiction, memoir, and investigation that will leave you speechless!
“One of the best books of this dreadful year … Billed as a genre-busting blend of ‘autofiction, essay, scholarship, sleuthing and literary translation’, the book is an extraordinary feat of ventriloquism delivered in a lush, lyrical prose that dazzles readers from the get-go … When you write like this there is almost nothing a writer cannot get away with.” —The Sunday Times
ABOUT A GHOST IN THE THROAT

An Post Irish Book Awards Nonfiction Book of the Year • A Guardian Best Book of 2020 • Shortlisted for the 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize • Longlisted for the 2021 Republic of Consciousness Prize

When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries. I am eleven, a dark-haired child given to staring out window … Her voice makes it 1773, a fine day in May, and puts English soldiers crouching in ambush; I add ditch-water to drench their knees. Their muskets point towards a young man who is falling from his saddle in slow, slow motion. A woman hurries in and kneels over him, her voice rising in an antique formula of breath and syllable the teacher calls a caoineadh, a keen to lament the dead.

In the eighteenth century, on discovering her husband has been murdered, an Irish noblewoman drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary lament that reaches across centuries to the young Doireann Ni´ Ghri´ofa, whose fascination with it is later rekindled when she narrowly avoids fatal tragedy in her own life and becomes obsessed with learning everything she can about the poem Peter Levi has famously called “the greatest poem written in either Ireland or Britain” during its era. A kaleidoscopic blend of memoir, autofiction, and literary studies, A Ghost in the Throat moves fluidly between past and present, quest and elegy, poetry and the people who make it.

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