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Donal Ryan, Irlande

A propos de l'auteur:

Donal Ryan est né près de Nenagh, comté de Tipperary, en 1976. Fonctionnaire pendant de nombreuses années, il n'a pu se consacrer à l'écriture que depuis 2014, après le succès de « Le cœur qui tourne », le roman qu'il a écrit pendant les soirées de l'été 2010.

Ryan a été refusé 47 fois avant de trouver un éditeur. Ses romans ont recueilli beaucoup d'éloges de la critique et « Le cœur qui tourne » a été pré sélectionné pour le prix Man Booker. Il habite dans le comté de Limerick avec sa femme et leurs deux enfants.


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Livre primé:

The Spinning Heart (Le Coeur Qui Tourne)


"Mon père vit toujours dans la maison où j’ai grandi, sur la route au-delà du barrage. Chaque jour je vais voir s’il est mort, et chaque jour il me déçoit . Il n'y a pas un jour où il ne m'a pas décu."
Dans la foulée de l'effondrement financier de l'Irlande, des tensions dangereuses émergent dans une ville irlandaise. Comme la violence commence à faire éruption, les personnages font face à une bataille entre l’image publique et les désirs intérieurs. Grâce à un chœur de voix uniques, chacun lutte pour raconter sa propre vérité, et une seule histoire authentique se déploie.
"Le cœur qui tourne" parle de l'Irlande contemporaine comme aucun autre roman. Ironique, vulnérable, trop humain, il capture la langue et l'esprit de l'Irlande rurale, et avec une perception étrange, articule les mots et les pensées d'une génération. Techniquement audacieux et évocateur de Patrick McCabe et de JM Synge, ce roman retraçant la vie d'une petite ville, est plein d'esprit, sombre et doucement poignant.
Ce début brillant de Donal Ryan révèle une superbe nouvelle voix dans la fiction littéraire.



MY FATHER still lives back the road past the weir in the cottage I was reared in. I go there every day to see is he dead and every day he lets me down. He hasn’t yet missed a day of letting me down. He smiles at me; that terrible smile. He knows I’m coming to check is he dead. He knows I know he knows. He laughs his crooked laugh. I ask is he okay for everything and he only laughs. We look at each other for a while and when I can no longer stand the stench off of him, I go away. Good luck, I say, I’ll see you tomorrow. You will, he says back. I know I will.

There’s a red metal heart in the centre of the low front gate, skewered on a rotating hinge. It’s flaking now; the red is nearly gone. It needs to be scraped and sanded and painted and oiled. It still spins in the wind, though. I can hear it creak, creak, creak as I walk away. A flaking, creaking, spinning heart.

When he dies, I’ll get the cottage and the two acres that’s left. He drank out Granddad’s farm years ago. After I have him buried, I’ll burn the cottage down and piss on the embers and I’ll sell the two acres for as much as I can get. Every day he lives lowers the price I’ll get. He knows that too; he stays alive to spite me. His heart is caked with muck and his lungs are shrivelled and black, but still he manages to draw in air and wheeze and cough and spit it back out. I was left go from my job two months ago and it was the best medicine he could have got. It gave him an extra six months, I’d say. If he ever finds out how Pokey Burke shafted me, he’ll surely make a full recovery. Pokey could apply to be beatified then, having had a miracle ascribed to him.

What reason would I have ever had not to trust Pokey Burke? He was young when I started working for him – three years younger than me – but the whole parish had worked for his auld fella and no one ever had a bad word to say much beyond the usual sniping. Pokey Burke was called after the Pope: Seán Pól, his parents christened him. But his brother Eamonn was not yet two years old when his parents brought the new baby home and he decided the new baby was Pokey and everybody agreed away with him and little Seán Pól was stuck with Pokey for a lifetime. And beyond, if he leaves anyone behind that will remember him or talk about him when he’s gone.

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Dans les médias:

"Funny, moving and beautifully written" - Edna O'Brien

"[An] extraordinarily accomplished first novel… here is a new Irish writer of the very first order. Donal Ryan is the real deal. … a brilliantly realised, utterly resonant state-of-the-nation landscape … Ryan's feat is considerable. Narrative and character information is distributed among so many different voices and yet we never feel at a loss. Even the characters on the margins of the story … add compelling colour and texture. Best of all, Ryan's ear for speech is acute. … Given a novel as brilliantly realised as The Spinning Heart, I see no reason to look anywhere but the present. For Donal Ryan, the future is now." - Declan Hughes, Sunday Independent

"Donal Ryan’s precise and evocative debut … is a textured account of a community as it was during a brief moment of time. … unexpectedly tender … Ryan’s prism of life and lives is compellingly humane. … This is an exciting, relevant and believable contemporary novel about the lost and the wounded that listens to the present without discarding either the sins of the fathers or the literary legacy of the past." - Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times)

"There’s a powerful sense of place and shared history binding Ryan’s many voices, their inner and outer selves, distilling a linguistic richness comparable to Under Milk Wood. . . . Ryan’s novel . . . seems to draw speech out of the deepest silences; the testimony of his characters rings rich and true – funny and poignant and banal and extraordinary – and we can’t help but listen." - The Guardian

Autres travaux:

The Thing About December

Dublin: Black Swan Ireland, 2014