Once the big house on an Irish estate, Birchwood has turned into a baroque madhouse for its ruined inhabitants.
One disaster succeeds another, until young Gabriel Godkin runs away to join a travelling circus and look for his long-lost twin sister.
Soon he discovers that famine and unrest stalk the countryside, and Ireland is ruined too. Birchwood represents a watershed in contemporary Irish writing: it is a novel in which history becomes a rich black comedy full of land agitation and Gothic characters; and a sense of bewilderment at the nature of the universe fills its pages' Colm Toibin John Banville is one of the great masters of the ...English language' Catherine Lockerbie, Scotsman
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 09/04/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330372329