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Joseph O’Neill writes beautifully. The fascination of this book lies in watching him come to terms with the violence in his family’s past
Joseph O’Neill writes beautifully. The fascination of this book lies in watching him come to terms with the violence in his family’s past. Daily Mail (London) The book has certainly worked hard to earn the reconciliation it finally imagines. It is too honest to get what it hopes for; too uncertain to know for sure what it is that has to be reconciled or forgiven.
Blood-Dark Track is a superbly composed double-narrativ. n. .Joseph O’Neill writes beautifully. An exploration into his secretive family histor. akes compulsive reading’. n extraordinary piece of detective work, removing the veil of silence that had been drawn across a history of the two branches of his family, and of the turbulent and often violent times in which O’Neill and Dakad lived’. A gripping detective story, a thoughtful enquiry into nationalism, and a moving evocation of world war at the edges of its European theatre’. The fascination of this book lies in watching him come to terms with the violence in his family’s past’.
Blood-Dark Track - Joseph O’Neill
Blood-Dark Track - Joseph O’Neill. For me it began in far-off Mesopotamia now called Iraq, that land of Biblical names and history, of vast deserts and date groves, scorching suns and hot winds, the land of Babylon, Baghdad and the Garden of Eden, where the rushing Euphrates and the mighty Tigris converge and flow down into the Persian Gulf.
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From the bestselling and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of Netherland, a fascinating, personal, and beautifully crafted family history. From the bestselling and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of "Netherland," a fascinating, personal, and beautifully crafted family history. Joseph O'Neill's grandfathers-one Turkish, one Irish-were both imprisoned for suspected subversion during the Second World War. The Irish grandfather, a handsome rogue from a family of small farmers, was an active member of the IRA.
JOSEPH O'NEILL has written an unusual memoir. Published in Britain in 2000 and recently released in paperback in America, "Blood-Dark Track: A Family History" is about his grandfathers, one Irish, one Turkish, who both went to jail for suspected subversion during the second world war. Though this is a story of spycraft and family secrets, Mr O'Neill's reminiscences bear a closer resemblance to the unhurried musing of Nabokov's "Speak, Memory" than the headlong rush of, say, Mary Karr's own best-selling purges.
A fascinating family memoir from Joseph O'Neill, author of the Man Booker Prize longlisted and Richard & Judy pick, ‘Netherland’. Joseph O'Neill's grandfathers – one Irish, one Turkish – were both imprisoned during the Second World War. The Irish grandfather, a handsome rogue from a family of small farmers, was an active member of the IRA and was interned with hundreds of his comrades.
Joseph O'Neill was born in Cork, Ireland, on 23 February 1964
Joseph O'Neill was born in Cork, Ireland, on 23 February 1964 O'Neill's parents moved around much in O'Neill's youth: O'Neill spent time in Mozambique as a toddler and in Turkey until the age of four, and he also lived in Iran. From the age of six, O'Neill lived in the Netherlands, where he attended the Lycée français de La Haye and the British School in the Netherlands. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Good Trouble (2018) and a non-fiction book, Blood-Dark Track: A Family History, which was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002 and a book of the year for the Economist and the Irish Times.
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