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In Nights City
In Nights City
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Author : Dorothy Nelson
Publisher : Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN# : 9781564784186
Pages : 1
Price :INR 825
Offer Price:INR 734
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Published in Ireland in 1982, this work is a brutal, lyrical meditation on the history of abuse shared by Esther and Sara Kavanagh, mother and daughter. In alternating chapters spanning the late Fifties to the early Seventies in an unnamed part of Ireland, they describe their suppression under Joe, brutal husband and father. His death moves both women to acknowledge his cruelty as a source of despair and mental distress. Maggie, a banshee-like manifestation of Saras response to Joes sexual and physical abuse, embodies Saras rage about Esthers abandonment and her own helplessness. Maggies dark presence also undermines the traditional view of marriage and the Church as foundations of personal fulfillment and civilization. The city of the title is an oppressive, symbolic netherworld where imagined revenge, not justice, is the sole, universal response to the inequality and violence sponsored and perpetuated by social institutions and arrangements based on gender, status, and wealth. Nelsons (Tar and Feathers) disturbing and powerful novel invites comparisons with Euripidean drama and the work of Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. Recommended for all literary collections. John G. Matthews, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.


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