'The Visitor is the work of a sure hand...and Brennan's prose is terse and exquisitely precise throughout...Only in the work of Emily Dickinson can the same ferocious vision - of love, pain, transgression and death - and economy of expression be found.' Guardian The Visitor tells the haunting tale of Anastasia King, who, at the age of twenty-two, returns to her grandmother's house in Ireland - the very house where she grew up - after six long years away.
An atmospheric story of Dublin, it is also a dissection of the unkind, ungenerous, emotionally unreachable side of the Irish temperament.
Recently rediscovered in a university archive, The Visitor was written in the mid-1940s but has never been published until now.
Long championed by authors from Nuala O'Faolain and Clare Messud to John Updike, this miraculous literary discovery confirms Brennan's status as a master of the novella and one of the best storytellers since Joyce. 'An astonishing miniature masterpiece, except there is nothing miniature about the forces at work in a story as violent underneath as it is demure on the surface ...The ferocity of her vision of femininity is hers alone. ' Nuala O'Faolain
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 08/04/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781903809778