Faber & Faber - Deirdre Madden on her novel Time Present and Time Past
Deirdre Madden on her novel Time Present and Time Past
The new novel from the twice-Orange Prize shortlisted author.
'Madden is a first-rate novelist.' Richard Ford
'Madden is one of our finest writers.' Anne Enright
'One of the most original and disturbing writers since Jean Rhys.' Independent on Sunday
To all appearances, Fintan Buckley is part of a conventional middle class family in contemporary Dublin. But strange states of altered consciousness and auditory hallucinations begin to take him out of a linear experience of time, as does a developing interest in old autochrome photographs. Meanwhile, Fintan's sister Martina also finds herself unearthing memories from the past.
As the Buckley family begin to delve into their memories, so too must they renegotiate their history and the decisions that have brought them to this place in the present.
Time Present and Time Past, Deirdre Madden's eighth novel, is an exquisite and extraordinary dissection of the life of an ordinary family.