Book of the Month - December 2014

Our December ‘Book of the Month’ is The Disappointed Bridge: Ireland and the Post-Colonial World by Richard Pine.

An original study, this is the first major appraisal of Ireland’s post-colonial experience in relation to that of other emergent nations. This recently released title has received critical acclaim, with an endorsement of the author by the late Seamus Heaney, and a presentation of the book to H.E. Michael D Higgins, the President of Ireland (see photo on left).

The book draws parallels between Ireland, India, Latin America, Africa and Europe, and explores the master-servant relationship, the functions of narrative, and the concepts of nationalism, map-making, exile, schizophrenia, hybridity, magical realism and disillusion. The author offers many incisive answers to the question: What happens to an emerging nation after it has emerged?

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMDEC14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 4th January 2015.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:

“Pine’s strength as a commentator comes from his meditative, associative, habit of mind. His readings constantly deepen our sense of complexity and modernity.”

—Seamus Heaney

“A thoughtful, nuanced interrogation of Irish contemporary culture and Ireland’s cultural and historical links to Europe and farther afield, reflecting on music, drama, literature and political identity from a particular angle to the universewidely-read, sometimes astringent, and always well worth paying attention to.”

—Professor Roy Foster, Hertford College, University of Oxford

“In The Disappointed Bridge, Richard Pine has given us a sweeping reflection on Ireland’s place in the post-colonial world.  As he tells us in the opening pages, the ideas here began percolating in the 1980s, and have evolved over the past three decades.  As such, what we have in The Disappointed Bridge can be read as an archaeology of Irish post-colonial criticism, beginning in the first excitement of the explanatory power of what was once a new critical paradigm, and then mutating in increasingly interesting ways as the place of Ireland in the post-colonial world developed in complexity and nuance.   Indeed, underpinning The Disappointed Bridge is a spatial logic; it begins in a series of seminars in Berkeley, California, but it spirals outwards to take in Greece, Africa, India, Latin America and Transylvania, with Ireland always somewhere in the reckoning.  As a map of the concerns of one of the most engaged scholars in Irish Studies, The Disappointed Bridge does not disappoint.”

—Professor Chris Morash, Trinity College, Dublin


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