Scattered Love

Scattered Love

By Maylis Besserie



'She entered the house like a shadow . She was like a divine elixir: one drop for each of my thoughts. . I could feel the breath of the warrior, the Queen of Ireland, and it intoxicated me with the wind of hope, like noble wine.' She is Maud Gonne, the muse of writer William Butler Yeats. Yeats here returns as a ghost, having been buried in southern France in January 1939 at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Ten years later his remains are repatriated to Ireland. He emerges from his grave to recount his thwarted love for Maud, a story blending with the movement for Irish independence in which they each played an integral part. Yeats' ghost has suddenly appeared as diplomatic documents have come to light, casting doubt on the contents of the coffin brought back to Sligo for a state funeral. Where did the poet's body go? Does he still hover 'somewhere among the clouds above'? What remains of our loves and our deaths, if not their poetry? Maylis Besserie's exciting new work follows on from Yell, Sam, If You Still Can (Le tiers temps). In her second novel, she turns her attention from Samuel Beckett to another Irish writer, W.B. Yeats. The connection between Ireland and France is forged once again in the smithy of art, culture and the days at the end of life. A Guardian Most Anticipated Book of 2023 An Irish Times Most Anticipated Book of 2023 An Irish Independent Most Anticipated Book of 2023

ISBN: 9781843518624


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