A Lie About My Father by John Burnside

By John Burnside

A relocating, unforgettable memoir of 2 misplaced males: a father and his child.

He had his ultimate center assault within the Silver Band membership in Corby, someplace among the bar and the cigarette computing device. A foundling; a fantasist; a morose, threatening drinker who was once speedy along with his fingers, he hadn't obvious his son for years. John Burnside's notable tale of this failed dating is a superbly written evocation of a misplaced and broken global of adolescence and the constants of his father's global: males outlined via the drink they can take and the ache they can stand, males formed by means of their guilt and machismo.

A Lie approximately My Father is set forgiving yet now not forgetting, approximately interpreting the best way males are made and the way they disintegrate, approximately knowing that during order to have an exceptional son you need to have an outstanding father.

Saltire Scottish ebook of the yr and the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction booklet of the Year.

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From this standpoint, one page of Montaigne, a single Verlaine poem, or one sentence by Proust is far more anti-Communist than the accusing choir which you represent. They are free and therefore they are liberating. And last, the fourth reproach: genuinely ambitious art (these reproaches are directed only at creators with high aspirations, at those who do not deny the name of artists) must be in advance of its time, it must be the art of tomorrow. How is one to reconcile this wonderful task with reality, that is, with today?

I said that today’s Poland is a piece of stale bread which breaks into two halves with a snap: the believing and the nonbelieving. After returning home I thought that the above passages were worthy of scrutiny. That ‘‘faith in faith,’’ that strong accent on an act of will which ‘‘creates faith,’’ that retreat from faith into the region where it is created, this is something that really addresses me. Plus: what sort of position am I to take regarding Catholicism? I am not thinking of my strictly artistic work, because there one does not select positions or bases.

34 Volume 1 Saturday Engineer L. invited me to the meeting of a certain Catholic society. About twenty people and a monk. A short prayer was said, after which L. read passages from Simone Weil in his own very good, from what I could judge, translation. A discussion followed. As always at such meetings, I was struck at first glance by the lamentable technical drawbacks of this undertaking. Simone Weil is difficult, dense, loaded with internal experience. One has to return to many of her thoughts over and over again.

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