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Hugh Bawn was a modern hero, a dreamer, a Socialist, a man of the people who revolutionized Scotland's residential development after World War II. Now he lies dying on the eighteenth floor of one of the flats he built, flats that are being demolished along with the idealism he inherited from his mother. Hugh's final months are plagued by memory and loss, by bitter feelings about his family and the country that could not live up to the housing constructed for it. His grandson, Jamie, comes home to watch over his dying mentor and sees in the man and in the land that bred him his own fears. He tells the story of his family-a tale of pride and delusion, of nationality and strong drink, of Catholic faith and the end of the old Left. It is a tale of dark hearts and modern houses, of three men in search of Utopia. Andrew O'Hagan's story is a poignant and powerful reclamation of the past and a clear-sighted look at our relationship with personal and public history. Our Fathers announces the arrival of a major writer.

Review:

"The most auspicious debut by a British writer for some time." Independent

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"A timely corrective to the idea that nothing profound can be said about now." Will Self, Observer

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"A relatively simple story, written with an entrancing, gentle eloquence: OHagan offers a deeply moving meditation on losses, both personal and historical, and on the tide of time through generations." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Hugh Bawn was a modern hero, a dreamer, a man of the people who revolutionized Scotland's residential development after World War II. Now, as he lies dying in one of his own buildings, his grandson Jamie comes home to watch over him. It is Jamie who tells the story of his family, of three generations of pride and delusion, of nationality and strong drink, of Catholic faith and the end of political idealism. It is a tale of darkness amidst the search for Utopia. A poignant and very powerful reclamation of the past, Our Fathers is also a clearsighted and beautifully crafted look at public and personal history.

About the Author

ANDREW O'HAGAN was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His previous novels have been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156012027
Author:
O'Hagan, Andrew
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Author:
O'Hagan, Andrew
Location:
San Diego
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Scotland
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Grandfathers
Subject:
Children of alcoholics
Subject:
Construction industry
Subject:
Political activists
Subject:
Conflict of generations
Subject:
Tenement houses
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
101-54, pt. 6
Publication Date:
20051231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 9.99 lb

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Product details 304 pages Harvest/HBJ Book - English 9780156012027 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The most auspicious debut by a British writer for some time."
"Review" by , "A timely corrective to the idea that nothing profound can be said about now."
"Review" by , "A relatively simple story, written with an entrancing, gentle eloquence: OHagan offers a deeply moving meditation on losses, both personal and historical, and on the tide of time through generations."
"Synopsis" by ,
Hugh Bawn was a modern hero, a dreamer, a man of the people who revolutionized Scotland's residential development after World War II. Now, as he lies dying in one of his own buildings, his grandson Jamie comes home to watch over him. It is Jamie who tells the story of his family, of three generations of pride and delusion, of nationality and strong drink, of Catholic faith and the end of political idealism. It is a tale of darkness amidst the search for Utopia. A poignant and very powerful reclamation of the past, Our Fathers is also a clearsighted and beautifully crafted look at public and personal history.

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