Gerard Donovan

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Gerard Donovan


Born
in Wexford, Ireland
January 01, 1959

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Gerard Donovan is an acclaimed Irish-born novelist, photographer and poet currently living in Plymouth, England, working as a lecturer at the University of Plymouth.

Donovan attracted immediate critical acclaim with his debut novel Schopenhauer's Telescope, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2003. His subsequent novels include Doctor Salt (2005), Julius Winsome (2006), and, most recently, Sunless (2007). However, Sunless is essentially a rewritten version of Doctor Salt -- ultimately very different from the earlier novel, but built upon the same basic narrative elements—of which Donovan has said: "Doctor Salt... was a first draft of Sunless. I wrote [Doctor Salt] too fast, and the sense I was after just wasn't in the novel. ..
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Average rating: 3.79 · 2,128 ratings · 270 reviews · 12 distinct worksSimilar authors
Julius Winsome

3.90 avg rating — 1,478 ratings — published 2006 — 25 editions
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Schopenhauer's Telescope

3.69 avg rating — 434 ratings — published 2003 — 15 editions
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Sunless

3.13 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 2005 — 7 editions
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Young Irelanders: Stories

3.27 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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Country of the Grand

3.11 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 2008 — 7 editions
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De diefstal van Albert

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2.74 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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In die Arme der Flut

3.23 avg rating — 13 ratings
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The Lighthouse

4.20 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2000
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Kings and Bicycles

4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1995
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Doctor Salt

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“The only test, Baker, is how not to erase ourselves from the map. Our history is that things don't last. Every generation creates the right monsters to destroy itself.”
Gerard Donovan, Schopenhauer's Telescope

“November arrives in Northern Maine on a cold wind from Canada that knives unfiltered through the thinnest forest, drapes snow along the river banks and over the slope of hills. It's lonely up here, not just in fall and winter but all the time; the weather is gray and hard and the spaces are long and hard, and that north wind blows through every space unmercifully, rattling the syllables out of your sentences sometimes.”
Gerard Donovan, Julius Winsome

“people usually choose the place they get lost in”
Gerard Donovan, Julius Winsome

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