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  • Published: 15 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9781910701126
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil




A collection of contemporary poetry that throws itself into the discussion of Irish identity in relation to the world.

WINNER OF THE 2014 IRISH BOOK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Paul Durcan has been at the heart of Irish cultural life for over 40 years and his poetry has acquired a huge international following. Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil is his most challenging and engaging collection yet, one that addresses itself through Ireland and the Irish diaspora to the whole world beyond.

  • Pub date: 15 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9781910701126
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Paul Durcan

Paul Durcan was born in Dublin in 1944. His first book, Endsville (1967), has been followed by more than twenty others, including The Berlin Wall Café (a Poetry Book Society Choice in 1985), Daddy, Daddy (winner of the Whitbread Award for Poetry in 1990), Crazy About Women (1991), A Snail in My Prime: New and Selected Poems (1993), Give Me Your Hand (1994), Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil (1999), The Art of Life (2004), The Laughter of Mothers (2007), Life is a Dream: 40 Years Reading Poems 1967–2007 (2009), Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being (2012), and The Days of Surprise (2015). In 2001 Paul Durcan received a Cholmondeley Award. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2004 to 2007. He was conferred with a DLitt by Trinity College Dublin in 2009 and by University College Dublin in 2011. In 2014 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Irish Book Award. He is a member of Aosdána.

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Praise for Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil

“Durcan’s must be the most capacious and generous mind in contemporary poetry: in the face of the rabid and murderous dark he finds always something or someone to celebrate”

Theo Dorgan, Sunday Tribute

“Paul Durcan’s Ireland is the one we inhabit. At times he is ready to celebrate the bizarre amd the ordinary; at other times he is full of a surreal rage against both order and disorder”

Colm Toibin, Times Literary Supplement


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