ARIMATHEA

By
Frank McGuinness
Arimathea

It is 1950. Donegal. A land apart. Derry city is only fourteen miles away but too far, mentally, for people to travel there in comfort. Into this community comes Gianni, a painter from Italy.

A book of close observation, sharp wit, linguistic dexterity – and of deep sympathy for everyday humanity.

Awards

Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award - 2014

Short-listed

Irish Book Awards - Eason Novel of the Year - 2013

Short-listed

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304 pages
Size:
196x130 mm
ISBN:
9781847177667

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ISBN:
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Category Fiction, Literature

'The great spirit of Frank McGuinness radiates in this magnificent novel. Myriad voices converge on one glistening core; it is a high-wire act earthed in the deepest humanity.' Sebastian Barry

It is 1950. Donegal. A land apart. Derry city is only fourteen miles away but far beyond daily reach. Into this community comes Gianni, also called Giotto at his birth. A painter from Arrezzo in Italy, he has been commissioned to paint the Stations of the Cross. The young Italian comes with his dark skin, his unusual habits, but also his solitude and his own peculiar personal history. He is a major source of fascination for the entire community.

A book of close observation, sharp wit, linguistic dexterity – and of deep sympathy for ordinary, everyday humanity.

Frank McGuinness is Professor of Creative Writing in University College Dublin. A world-renowned playwright, his first great stage hit was the highly acclaimed Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. This is his first novel, a major event.

 

there’s a lovely sense of connection in reading this novel by the playwright McGuinness, a connection to the rest of the writer’s oeuvre … gorgeous … a challenging and rewarding read

The Herald

invested with a weighty, parable-like intensity

Times Literary Supplement

prose that could be described as musical … it is hard not to be charmed … elegant and thoughtful, often funny, never dull or repetitive

Irish Echo

curious, unique and unsettling ... this book demands and deserves to be approached on its own terms

Sunday Independent

wonderful

Woman’s Way

a novel infused with an understanding of everyday life – the language laced with wit and McGuinness’ panache as a playwright evident in the story as each character takes to the stage

Belfast Telegraph

for a novel based in rural Ireland there is freshness to the remote Donegal setting … strikes an unusual note

Nomoreworkhorse.com

this is McGuinness’s first novel after many years as a prolific and successful playwright. It is a transfer he makes with great ease … the structure of the book cleverly makes the most of his strengths and skills as a playwright. Each chapter gives a distinct voice its stage and each voice adds to the tale and nudges it along

Nomoreworkhorse.com

I found it to be startling and memorable … likely to stay with you

Nomoreworkhorse.com

fantastic

East Coast FM

a really wonderful book

The Green Room, Newstalk FM

builds to this heart-breaking finale

The Green Room, Newstalk FM

well-worth a read

The Green Room, Newstalk FM

an exceptional examination of family, religion and love

Gay Community News

in his willingness to leave the rest unresolved … Frank McGuinness creates something both beautiful and new

The Guardian

an atmosphere of folklore pervades. Lyrical cadences reverberate in the phrasing and there is a profusion of symbolism … imbuing the novel's events with the uncanny aura of fable or myth

The Literary Review

the strangeness of McGuinness's novel, the offbeat atmosphere and the narrative motility, certainly make it an intriguing piece of work. It is perhaps worth enduring bafflement to read a novel that is so defiantly unusual

The Literary Review

distinctive and alive … arresting

Irish Times

a distinctively Irish book … echoes of Joyce

Irish Times

McGuinness the playwright has shown with Arimathea that he is also a novelist, and he has given us a substantial and intriguing book to contemplate and to remember

Irish Times

McGuinness’s montage of voices creates beautifully bleak first novel

Sunday Business Post

a wonderfully unsympathetic portrait of an Irish town and its quietly suffering inhabitants

Sunday Business Post

a beautifully thought-provoking piece of fiction

Sunday Business Post

deeply funny about the absurdities of human behaviour 

Irish Examiner

a powerful, passionate novel … quirky, authentic, often humorous voices

Books Ireland

a Greek chorus of quirky, authentic, often humorous voices

Books Ireland

A work of passion and truth, in which imaginative daring is matched by deep psychological insight.

Declan Kiberd

Poetic and strange, elemental and truly original, Arimathea engages fearlessly with the mysteries of art and love.

Deirdre Madden

The great spirit of Frank McGuinness radiates in this magnificent novel. Myriad voices converge on one glistening core; it is a high-wire act earthed in the deepest humanity.

Sebastian Barry

spectacular

Sunday World
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