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Picador USA
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5.5 X 8.25 X 0.93 inches | 1.13 pounds

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About the Author

Darran Anderson is the author of Imaginary Cities, chosen as a best book of 2015 by the Financial Times, The Guardian, and the A.V. Club. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, the TLS, frieze magazine, Wired, and the Architectural Review. He was born in Derry, Ireland, and lives in London


[Anderson has the] uncanny ability to draw image from object, to turn matter into a point of ingress into the past -- so much so that you feel your own memory coming alive in tandem with his. His uncluttered, graceful prose transmits the tactile experience of his childhood while grounding it in historical context, in a way that makes the details of one's existence seem at once specific and pointless. --David Keenan, The New York Times Book Review

"Powerful and morally persuasive . . . [Inventory] is reminiscent of a long-exposure photograph, tracking the effect of time scored through life, and place, and landscape, and the human heart." -Neil Hegarty, The Irish Times

A nuanced portrait of a city where everyone seems at once obsessed by the past and yet prone to historical amnesia . . . [Anderson's] chiseled, paratactic sentences, which are arranged in short, loosely connected chapters, similarly make an implicit plea for subtle parsing and interpretation rather than literal-mindedness. In Inventory, coming to terms with the past has as much to do with imagination as it does with figuring out the facts. --Max McGuinness, AirMail

In intimate, beautifully allusive vignettes, Anderson guides readers through his youth, when he was beleaguered by the perpetual violence within his Catholic working-class neighborhood. . .Simmering violence bubbles underneath the entire text, often boiling over, and Anderson ably plumbs the salvatory theme of how his peaceable father, despite his mysterious past, helped break the cycle of violence for his son. Though different in mood and tone, this thoughtful memoir will appeal to readers of Patrick Radden Keefe's Say Nothing, among other chronicles of the Troubles.--Kirkus Reviews

A tense, atmospheric study of life in a war zone . . . Anderson's evocative prose takes disasters in stride while measuring their toll with restrained lyricism . . . [an] engrossing frontline take on the Troubles. --Publishers Weekly

Inventory is a remarkable memoir; a work of auto-archaeology, really, in which Darran Anderson disinters his own and his country's hard pasts, shaking life, love and loss out of the objects of his youth in Northern Ireland. Bleak, tender, inventive and oddly gripping, this is a book of restless ghosts, written in defiance of darkness, and told by means of diving into what Nabokov once called 'the dream life of debris' --Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland: A Deep Time Journey

"A portrait of a family and a portrait of a city--vivid, intense, engrossing and always beautifully written." --Kevin Barry, author of Night Boat to Tangier, longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize

"Processed by Darran Anderson's restless, roving intelligence and obsessive curiosity, Derry rises from the pages of this book as a place that's at once intensely familiar and uniquely strange. Crossing the faultlines between family, history and myth, Inventory is a vivid, singular act of memory." --Chris Power, author of Mothers: Stories

"A searing memoir about growing up in poverty in Derry." --Lucy Caldwell, author of All the Beggars Riding