The Speckled People

Author: Hugo Hamilton

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408171201

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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Adapted for the stage from the best-selling memoir, The Speckled People tells a profoundly moving story of a young boy trapped in a language war. Set in 1950s Ireland, this is a gripping, poignant, and at times very funny family drama of homesickness, control and identity. As a young boy, Hugo Hamilton struggles with what it means to be speckled, "half and half... Irish on top and German below." An idealistic Irish father enforces his cultural crusade by forbidding his son to speak English while his German mother tries to rescue him with her warm-hearted humour and uplifting industry. The boy must free himself from his father and from bullies on the street who persecute him with taunts of Nazism. Above all he must free himself from history and from the terrible secrets of his mother and father before he can find a place where he belongs. Surrounded by fear, guilt, and frequently comic cultural entanglements, Hugo tries to understand the differences between Irish history and German history and to turn the strange logic of what he is told into truth. It is a journey that ends in liberation but not before the long-buried secrets at the back of the parents' wardrobe have been laid bare.

The Pages

Author: Hugo Hamilton

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008451680

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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‘A rich, strange book. Very truthful and moving’ Tessa Hadley 'A terrific, engrossing novel’ Roddy Doyle ‘A masterpiece’ Sebastian Barry The new novel about the transformative power of art, the weight of history and the strange connection we make with one another from the author of The Speckled People.

The Harbor Boys

Author: Hugo Hamilton

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060784695

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 3217

As a boy, Hugo Hamilton felt a strong desire to be rid of the confused identity he had inherited from his German mother and Irish father. Yet history's determined grip tightened its hold. A job at the harbor, rather than offering him respite, entangled him in a bitter feud between two fishermen—one Catholic, one Protestant. Against the background of the spiraling Troubles in the North, Hugo listened to the missing persons bulletins going out on the radio for his German cousin who mysteriously vanished somewhere on the west coast of Ireland and watched as the unfolding harbor duel moved toward a tragic end. ' From the author of The Speckled People, one of the most lyrical and affecting memoirs of recent times, comes a powerful, deeply moving, and well-observed account of a young man's determined struggles to place himself in a world of his own making.

German Diasporic Experiences

Author: Mathias Schulze,James M. Skidmore,David G. John,Grit Liebscher,Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 1554580277

Category: History

Page: 518

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Co-published with the Waterloo Centre for German Studies For centuries, large numbers of German-speaking people have emigrated from settlements in Europe to other countries and continents. In German Diasporic Experiences: Identity, Migration, and Loss, more than forty international contributors describe and discuss aspects of the history, language, and culture of these migrant groups, individuals, and their descendants. Part I focuses on identity, with essays exploring the connections among language, politics, and the construction of histories—national, familial, and personal—in German-speaking diasporic communities around the world. Part II deals with migration, examining such issues as German migrants in postwar Britain, German refugees and forced migration, and the immigrant as a fictional character, among others. Part III examines the idea of loss in diasporic experience with essays on nationalization, language change or loss, and the reshaping of cultural identity. Essays are revised versions of papers presented at an international conference held at the University of Waterloo in August 2006, organized by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, and reflect the multidisciplinarity and the global perspective of this field of study.


Author: Hugo Hamilton

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007380380

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 4787

Hugo Hamilton, the internationally acclaimed author of ‘The Speckled People’ and ‘Sailor in the Wardrobe’, turns his hand back to fiction with a compelling drama tracing Berlin's central historical importance throughout the twentieth century.

Re-imagining Ireland

Author: Andrew Higgins Wyndham,Virginia Foundation Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813925448

Category: History

Page: 273

View: 3651

Accompanying DVD is a videorecording of the television program produced by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Paul Wagner Productions in association with Radio Telefís Éireann, and originally broadcast in 2004.

Ireland, Literature, and the Coast

Author: Nicholas Allen

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019885787X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 1403

Ireland is home to one of the world's great literary and artistic traditions. This book reads Irish literature and art in context of the island's coastal and maritime cultures, setting a diverse range of writing and visual art in a fluid panorama of liquid associations that connect Irish literature to an archipelago of other times and places.

Hand in the Fire

Author: Hugo Hamilton

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 000735195X

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 1249

You have a funny way of doing things here.

Essays in Honour of Boris Berić’s Sixty-Fifth Birthday

Author: Gabrijela Buljan,Ljubica Matek,Biljana Oklopčić,Jasna Poljak Rehlicki,Sanja Runtić,Jadranka Zlomislić

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527557375

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 401

View: 4890

Written as a Festschrift honouring a beloved professor, colleague, and friend, this volume comprises a collection of essays offering a wide array of contemporary approaches to literature, linguistics, and applied linguistics. It covers a variety of topics, ranging from medieval to contemporary literature and language, and explores genres as diverse as fantasy, dystopia, drama, poetry, and film, addressing issues such as post- and transhumanism, age, gender, identity, family, metonymy, and narrative discourse. The diversity of themes and methodologies here makes the collection a widely applicable resource in the academic discussion of literature, language, and culture, both as a significant contribution to different philological fields and a useful educational tool for anyone teaching or studying English, Anglophone literature, British, American, and German studies, English as a Second Language, linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and applied linguistics, or conducting research in these fields.