Journalist and author Annelies Beck talks to Colm Tóibín about his latest novel, House of Names.
Colm Tóibín (b. 1955 in Enniscorthy, Ireland) has made the Booker Prize shortlist three times and won many awards, among others the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Since publishing his debut novel The South and the non-fiction Homage to Barcelona in 1990, Tóibín has successfully combined various genres. Journalistic pieces and travel essays alternate with theatre texts, short stories and novels. Tóibín broke through on the international stage in 2004 with The Master, a biographical novel about Henry James with which he won the Prix du Meilleur livre étranger, among others. Since then he has published the novels Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary and Nora, the short-story collection The Empty Family, as well as New Ways to Kill Your Mother, a collection of essays.
Tóibín is particularly prolific as an essayist and contributes regularly to The London Review of Books and The New York Review of Books. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and been adapted for theatre and film on several occasions.
about House of Names
Acclaimed by The Guardian as ‘a celebration of what novels can do’, House of Names reveals the other side of one of the great European narratives, the Oresteia. Clytemnestra has been through a lot. Her husband Agamemnon has sacrificed her child, her beautiful eldest daughter, to the gods, and she was unable to stop him. How can she ever get over this? And how will her two other children react to this shattering event? Clytemnestra resolves to make her husband pay with his life for this.
ORG.: Passa Porta, Uitgeverij De Geus, L&M Books
Foto: Philippe Matsas