Love Notes From A German Building Site

 
 
Head of Zeus (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 5. März 2020
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 204 Seiten
978-1-78954-626-2 (ISBN)
 
'Not a huge number of literary novels tackle the world of work ... Out of rather unusual material Adrian Duncan has crafted a quiet, beautifully written, intellectually provocative and compelling story, an assured blend of mastery and mystery' Dublin Review of Books.

Paul, a young Irish engineer, follows Evelyn to Berlin and begins work on the renovation of a commercial building in Alexanderplatz. Wrestling with a new language, on a site running behind schedule, and with a relationship in flux, he becomes increasingly untethered.

Set against the structural evolution of a sprawling city, this meditation on language, memory and yearning is underpinned by the site's physical reality. As the narration explores the mind's fragile architecture, he begins to map his own strange geography through a series of notebooks, or 'Love notes'.

Paul's story will speak to anyone who has known what it is to be in love, or exiled, or simply alone.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
  • Paperback
  • Höhe: 198 mm
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  • Breite: 132 mm
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  • Dicke: 15 mm
  • 160 gr
978-1-78954-626-2 (9781789546262)
Adrian Duncan is an Irish writer and artist based in Ireland and Berlin. He trained and worked as a structural engineer for over a decade, received his chartership from the Institute of Engineers Ireland in 2008 and later returned to university to study fine art. He has written a collection of short stories titled Chicken-Lane Manifesto.
'Delicately observed and resonant' Stinging Fly. 'Adrian Duncan's captivating debut. Written in a reflective tone that invites us to be as curious about the world as the book's narrator ... Duncan juxtaposes the personal with a marked curiosity about the world around him. There is a scrupulousness to his style of writing ... The book is at once a love note to a place, a job and a relationship, the layers of which come together with structural precision' Irish Times. 'In such a brutish and masculine atmosphere, Duncan's account is an unmasked ray of hope ... The prose is minimal, yet the ideas are maximal. If more men thought and wrote as tenderly and honestly as Adrian Duncan, we'd have stronger, sturdier novels and fewer garish monuments to consumerism' Irish Independent. 'Out of rather unusual material Adrian Duncan has crafted a quiet, beautifully written, intellectually provocative and compelling story, an assured blend of mastery and mystery' Dublin Review of Books.

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