Remembering Peasants

A Personal History of a Vanished World

«A dozen pages in I realized that I had been waiting for much of my life to read this extraordinary book. Anyone who has ever tried to unravel the intertwined skeins of ancestry, sociology, music, geography and history will gape at Joyce’s skill. On almost every page the reader gets a jolt, a palpable sensation of immersion in the disappeared world of peasantry. A central part of the book is Joyce’s own family’s peasant past. I too, like many people, am only two generations and one language away from these ancestors. Because the time of the peasants is still palpable there are clues and messages here for every fortunate reader who picks up this book»

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Detaljer

Forlag
Allen Lane
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
400
ISBN
9780241543023
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
24 x 16 cm

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«A dozen pages in I realized that I had been waiting for much of my life to read this extraordinary book. Anyone who has ever tried to unravel the intertwined skeins of ancestry, sociology, music, geography and history will gape at Joyce’s skill. On almost every page the reader gets a jolt, a palpable sensation of immersion in the disappeared world of peasantry. A central part of the book is Joyce’s own family’s peasant past. I too, like many people, am only two generations and one language away from these ancestors. Because the time of the peasants is still palpable there are clues and messages here for every fortunate reader who picks up this book»

Annie Proulx

«Remembering Peasants is a work of salvage and salvation, a great rescuing of Europe’s earth-toilers from historical neglect and erasure… a heart-writ valediction… Joyce is a propitious name for a writer of Irish heritage, but the author is more Heaney than Dubliners; his prose is peat-rich, dense with feeling as well as fact»

John Lewis-Stempel, The Times

«Books such as Remembering Peasants are landmarks and waymarkers... This is important, vital writing and study. The level of craftsmanship in the book is evident, but so too is its heart and soul. Reading it, I was changed and charged… Joyce is essential reading for anyone who cares about our shared past. A profound book»

John Connell, The Irish Times

«A first-class work combining social history and ethnohistory with an unerring sense for a good story»

Kirkus

«Joyce’s study is an elegy for a way of life, … a moving and sensitive rumination…What gives Remembering Peasants its distinctiveness and its depth is the import of that word 'personal' in his subtitle. Its poignancy is intimate…Joyce is as much a necromancer, summoning the dead and bidding them speak, as he is a conventional historian… His beautifully written book is …haunted by the ghosts of the dead but also full of the warmth of human sympathy. Remembering Peasants is imbued with the diffuse and melancholy glow of a sinking sun»

Fintan O’Toole, The New York Times

«Joyce writes with a split consciousness, like a man recounting his dreams. It was so real, this lost life, and yet it is impossible to recapture»

Jeremy Harte, The Literary Review

«Joyce takes us to some of the places Europeans have established to remember peasants... But the most poignant of all are journeys to his ancestral home in Ireland’s far west… As its title indicates, Joyce’s lament is also a call to remember. Well written, expansive and often deeply moving, this is a fitting monument to Europe’s peasants»

Luka Ivan Jukic, The Financial Times

«An insightful and evocative homage to the peasant way of life… Readers will be enthralled»

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

«Joyce rages against the amnesia hardwired into today’s 'all consuming' present... A loving and unconventional work of genealogy, and a melancholic elegy for bygone ways of being»

Andrew Lynch, The Irish Independent

«It is really an ode, an elegiac lament for the passing of a distinctive way of life. But it is also something more personal, as the subtitle suggests: an act of veneration for the author’s own family»

Jonathan Sumption, The Spectator

«A fascinating new book... Joyce has performed a recuperative service on behalf of an often disdained culture – one that now has all but vanished in Europe. Joyce has set out to rectify the record for the lost peasant generations who, historically, 'do not generally speak, they are spoken to'»

The Guardian

«In this elegiac history, Joyce presents a painstaking account of a way of life to which, until recently, the vast majority of humanity was bound… The relative absence of peasants from the historical record, and the blinding speed with which they seem to have disappeared, prompt a moving final essay on the urgency of preserving our collective past»

The New Yorker (Best Books of 2024)

«Fascinating, elegiac... A lovely, scholarly, feeling (though never sentimental) account of glimpses and fragments, lifts a corner of the curtain on a world that will soon, to almost everyone, seem unimaginably strange and distant»

Lucy Lethbridge, Prospect

«Passionate, intelligent… heavyweight and compassionate»

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