McGuinness's montage of voices creates beautifully bleak first novel

Arimathea by Frank McGuinness. Brandon, €14.99. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

27th October, 2013



Outside the Bible, there is no record of a place called Arimathea. In the Gospels, Joseph of Arimathea gives his own prepared tomb over to receive Jesus's crucified body. In Frank McGuinness's novel, a montage of voices that is filled with biblical motifs, home is emotionally as well as geographical ly determined, exile can take many forms and rare acts of kindness come only in the wake of cruelty, anger and indifference.

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