To the Island by Meaghan DelahuntTo the Island by Meaghan Delahunt

To the Island

byMeaghan Delahunt

Paperback | May 3, 2012

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He disappeared. That's all she really knew. In search of her father Andreas, whom she has never met, Lena travels with her small son from Australia to Greece. On the island of Naxos she finds him, a wary, tormented man living in self-imposed exile and haunted by what happened to him under the rule of the Colonels in the 1960s. Slowly Lena unlocks the secrets of her father's past, and in getting to know him begins to understand the dark realities of contemporary Greek history. To the Island is a book about the impact of larger political events on the lives of ordinary people, and how political and personal betrayals reverberate across generations, beautifully evoking the currents and cross-currents between individuals, within families and in broader society. And in Lena and Andreas's stories, it shows how difficult it is to confront our personal and collective pasts - and the terrible consequences of being unable to do so.
Meaghan Delahunt is the author of The Red Book (2008) and In the Blue House (2002) which was nominated for the Orange Prize, won the Saltire First Book Prize, a Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year prize and a regional Commonwealth Prize. She is an award-winning short story writer and her stories have been widely anthologised and bro...
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Title:To the IslandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.67 inPublished:May 3, 2012Publisher:Granta PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1847082742

ISBN - 13:9781847082749

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A powerful novel ... There is a meditative, painterly quality to this novel, which reflects the way Delahunt, a practicing Buddhist writes and thinks ... In places this novel is beautiful. Her evocation of Greece is so vivid it comes as no surprise to discover her love for the country - Herald A novel with shades of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, in which the dark secrets of the past stand in sharp contrast to the brightness of the sun - Conde Nast Traveller