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The Fall Of Ireland (Hardback)

The Fall Of Ireland (Hardback)
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A beautiful novella about one man’s struggle to find meaning for himself and his life when hope and future seem bleak and uncertain.

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A fine and elegantly written character study of both a man and a nation. Sunday Business Post

While a floundering Irish government clings to its illusion of power as an international troika waits in the wings, Martin, a mid-ranking civil servant, finds himself alone in a Beijing hotel: a superfluous accessory in a delegation accompanying a Minister to China.

A cat-and-mouse encounter with a Chinese masseuse draws Martin into a world beyond his experience, forcing him to confront the gap between the chameleon face of someone at work and the reality when everything is stripped bare, with nowhere left to hide from the anxieties, longings and contradictions in his head.

The Fall of Ireland is a subtle meditation on the thin line between illusion and actuality: a study of a homesick man in the gilded cage of a luxury hotel, trying to unravel which elements of his life are real and which are subconscious deceptions.

‘They would return to vastly different worlds when they left the artificial cocoon of this luxurious room, but he knew that a bond existed between them at this moment. Their outside lives were suspended’


Dermot Bolger


B-format, hardback





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Weight .212 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 15 mm


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