It's not only the sense of their own displacement that haunts Burnside's characters, but their awareness of the vacant spaces left in the world of the living by the unhoused dead. Alina's mother still grieves for a baby lost before Alina was born, while Derek and Francis lose their grandmother and mother in quick succession over the course of the narrative.
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For the largely immigrant community, home is somewhere else and the dream is to return to the mythical homeland. They pretended there was something back home - wherever home might be - that was better than what they had here, but Derek knew, just as they did, that home was coal and shipyards and steel and the mythical communities they dreamed about were just estates and tenements, no better or worse than the Beanfield, as bad mostly, as the Exeter, where dogs roamed wild.
John Burnside (born 19 March 1955) is a Scottish writer, born in Dunfermline. He is one of only three poets (the others being Ted Hughes and Sean O'Brien) to have won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the same book (Black Cat Bone). Burnside studied English and European Thought and Literature at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. A former computer software engineer, he has been a freelance writer since 1996
In Living Nowhere, Burnside twins his poetic and storytelling talents as never before to produce a novel full of intrigue, atmosphere . Burnside is fond of the term alchemist; it applies to no one more than himself".
In Living Nowhere, Burnside twins his poetic and storytelling talents as never before to produce a novel full of intrigue, atmosphere and startling imagery. This is the gaze of John Burnside. A mighty achievement".
Living Nowhere is a story of friendship and loss - a resonant, thrilling book that carries at its core a beautiful and terrible secret. Remove from Wishlist. Or, get it for 8400 Kobo Super Points!
2003) A novel by John Burnside
2003) A novel by John Burnside. In John Burnside's fourth and possibly best novel, two young men, both outsiders, alienated and intelligent, form a strong and lasting bond: finding their feet in a place where violence hangs in the air like the ash and the stench from the steel works. Genre: Literary Fiction. Similar books by other authors.
Living Nowhere is a richly complex work uniting several interests and mixing different . Burnside, John-Criticism and interpretation.
Living Nowhere is a richly complex work uniting several interests and mixing different genres. It can be read as a tale of two working-class families in the diaspora, their isolation outside and inside the family nexus casting radical doubts over the contemporary relevance of John Donne's 'No man is an island'. As against the realist mode, there are passages of lyrical intensity when the book deals with the characters' relations with the earth-the epigraph is a quotation from Gustav Mahler's Das Lied vonder Erde-(2) or opens up to a reality of dreams and fantasies, to the supernatural and the spiritual.
Living Nowhere amply confirms John Burnside as one of the greatest writers of prose working today. Expelled from school, he worked variously as a peanut fryer, gasket cutter, gardener and labourer and while working in computer systems design he began writing the poetry for which he is primarily celebrated.
A moving, unforgettable memoir of two lost men: a father and his child
A moving, unforgettable memoir of two lost men: a father and his child. He had his final heart attack in the Silver Band Club in Corby, somewhere between the bar and the cigarette machine. A foundling; a fantasist; a morose, threatening drinker who was quick with his hands, he hadn't seen his son for years.