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The Ikon Maker
Desmond Hogan
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The Ikon Maker

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This is Desmond Hogan's first novel, written in 1974. Hogan is the author of "The Leaves on Grey", "A New Shirt" and "The Diamonds at the Bottom of the Sea" which won the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1980. ...more
Unknown Binding, 150 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by George Braziller (first published January 1st 1976)
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Gilles Russeil
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'Irlande des petites villes, une mère veuve, un fils mystérieux et hanté par un drame, son départ, le voyage maternel pour le retrouver et ses rencontres comme dans une illiade miniature. Irlandais donc délectable ...more
Vivian Valvano
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is Hogan's first novel, published in the early 70s, reissued in 2013 with an interesting epilogue in which he comments intriguingly about writing it. Set primarily in 1972, it is the story of Susan, a widow of Co. Galway, and her relationship - no, more like her maternal obsession with - her 18 year old son, Diarimuid. He is the "ikon maker" of the title. In many ways, he's almost as important a character as Susan, but she takes precedence, our being in her consciousness. And her son is oft ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Titre francais : le garçon aux icônes
Irlande, debut des annees 1970. Susan O'Hallrahan, depuis sa petite boutique de confection a Ballinasloe, dans le comte de Galway, ne percoit plus du tumulte du monde qu'une lointaine rumeur. Depuis la mort de son epoux, elle vit seule, bercee par les souvenirs, et elle attend. Elle attend, avec une ferveur melee d'apprehension, le retour de son fils, Diarmaid, un garcon etrange, solitaire et ombrageux, parti a Londres en quete d'aventure. Jusqu'au jour ou,
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