All We Shall Know

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Product Details

Price
$16.00
Publisher
Penguin Books
Publish Date
Pages
192
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780143131045

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About the Author

Donal Ryan, from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, is the author of five number one-bestselling novels and a short story collection.He has won several awards for his fiction, including the European Union Prize for Literature, the Guardian First Book Award and four Irish Book Awards, and has been shortlisted for several more, including the Costa Book Awardand the Dublin International Literary Award. He was nominated for the Booker Prize in 2013 for his debut novel, The Spinning Heart, and again in 2018, for his fourth novel, From A Low and Quiet Sea. In 2021 he became the first Irish writer to be awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for European Literature. His work has been adapted for stage and screen and translated into over twenty languages. A law graduate and former civil servant, Donal has lectured in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick since 2014 and lives in Castletroy with his wife Anne Marie and their two children.

Reviews

"So fine is this novel, and so purely told, that it establishes Mr. Ryan as the heir apparent to the late, great Irish stylists John McGahern and William Trevor... There are countless passages... that are so sculpted and beautiful that one's lips begin to shape their words unbidden, the way a song can move a crowd to its rhythm."--Wall Street Journal

"A dwarf star of a novel: small, dark, impressively dense... All We Shall Know makes a novel about the heaviness of existence into something that is even, and easy -- and, at times, perfect, and right."--Boston Globe

"[A] haunting, beautifully written story."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"An extraordinary portrait of adultery, loneliness and betrayal . . . One of the finest writers working in Ireland today . . .in the great tradition of tragic fiction, his lonely adulteress coming to grief in the same shadowy spaces as Emma Bovary or Anna Karenina."--John Burnside, Guardian

"[All We Shall Know] is a novel of self-sacrifice, penance, and circumscribed possibilities for happiness, narrated with great compassion and written with elegant lyricism. . . Emotionally intense, deeply engaging, and profound."--Kirkus

"A lush and lively novel that fascinates from its opening words to its tender last lines."--Publishers Weekly

"Rich in the cadence of both the rural Irish vernacular and the Traveller mash-up of English and the Cant. [All We Shall Know] captures the turbulence of marriage, love, sex, class and violence--while leaving room for the big Irish heart that lies behind so much great literature in English."--Shelf Awareness

"A joy to read, for all that it breaks your heart . . . builds on [Ryan's] reputation for cramming generations of grief and disappointment into less than 200 pages of beautiful prose. . . . He has also created two female character - cussed and brave, vulnerable and cruel - who come together to repair the past and stitch together a possible future."--Katy Guest, Independent

"Ryan's language is poetic, powerful and heart-rending - this short novel has a beautiful economy and control."--The Times (UK)

"Stunning." --The Bookseller (London)

"All We Shall Know is a new and ambitious departure . . . exerts a powerful grip. . . . the novel, written at white heat in sentences that sometimes flow for a full paragraph, reads compulsively and is delivered with an impressively disciplined power. Ryan's rise to prominence may have been meteoric and his output dizzyingly prolific, but he is a writer who is very far from being a flash in the pan."--Roy Foster, The Irish Times

"A consummate artist . . . The denouement offers a satisfying element of redemption . . . a great writer whose steady maturation proceeds apace."--The Sunday Times

"Raw, radiant prose . . . [a] wonderful novel."--Sunday Express

" [A] gem of a novel. With a sure sense of place, and a convincing portrayal of life lived at the edgy margins, it vividly plots the landscape of the heart en route to a gripping and ultimately redemptive finale."--Daily Mail