Shamrock Tea by Ciaran Carson

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Shamrock Tea is an Irish drug that enables its users to see things not given to ordinary mortals. They can sense colours and sounds more vividly; they can penetrate the surface of paintings; they can cross time. The narrator, his cousin and a strange Belgian friend know that their lives are ruled mysteriously by the great van Eyck painting, The Arnolfini Portrait, and they have travelled in dream like moments through the painting into other times. They discover that each moment is connected to every other. But in the strange world of Shamrock Tea, no story can be straightforward. With a cast of characters that includes the gardener Ludwig Wittgenstein, this book will blow your mind.

About Ciaran Carson

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Ciaran Carson is a poet, translator, novelist, and essayist who has written extensively on Irish history and mythology. His nine collections of poetry include a T. S. Eliot Prize winner. His translation of Danteas "Inferno" was awarded the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize.
Published November 9, 2001 by Granta Books. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Shamrock Tea Ciaran Carson 308pp, Granta £14.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL Ciaran Carson is the circus act of contemporary Irish letters - a double-jointed marvel who defies the narrow, classifying imagination.

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Wending his way through the lives of the saints, the lives of Lambert and Jan van Eyck, the lives of Wittgenstein, Conan Doyle and Wilde, Carson craftily unfolds his story about young Carson;

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