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Desmond Hogan was born in Ballinasloe, east Galway, in 1950. He is the author of 'The Ikon Maker' (1976, 2013), 'The Leaves on Grey' (1980, 2014), 'A Curious Street' (1984), 'A New Shirt' (1986) and 'A Farewell to Prague' (1995). His short-story collection 'The Diamonds at the Bottom of the Sea' (1979) won the 1980 John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize; others include 'Larks' Eggs: New and Selected Stories' (The Lilliput Press, 2005), 'Old Swords and Other Stories' (The Lilliput Press, 2009) and 'House of Mourning and Other Stories' (Dalkey Archive Press, 2013). In 1971 he won the Hennessy Literary Award, in 1977 the Rooney Prize for Literature, and in 1991 was awarded the DAAD Fellowship in Berlin. Editions Grasset & Fasquelle in Paris have acquired all his works for translation into French, embarking in 2015 and concluding in 2022.
'I think Hogan has learnt something from John McGahern in the way he constructs this simple and allusive story. Not a word is wasted or misplaced. The Ikon Maker is wonderfully assured: in its quiet, suggestive way it manages to say a great deal about Ireland ... It is a tremendously affecting book.' - Sebastian Faulks 'Lost innocence, the young and the bright and the beautiful shining and dancing before dusk, is the theme ... Hardly new material, but to it Mr Hogan - one of the most talented writers lately to come out of Ireland or anywhere else - brings a light so brilliant that almost every word dazzles.' JANICE ELLIOTT, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Desmond Hogan establishes himself among the best novelists with The Leaves on Grey. He has a lot to say, which he does with elegance and maturity ... his language is succinct and utterly fresh. He wishes fiction to be a moral force, and his could be.' MYRNA BLUMBERG, THE TIMES 'A free-ranging, ambitious and poetic talent ... whose intensity and individuality of vision, though learned and strengthened in Ireland, will give him a significance of a wholly universal kind.' PAUL BINDING, BOOKS AND BOOKMEN