Literature Ireland
The Secret Scripture
© Editura Univers, 2010

The Secret Scripture

Sebastian Barry

Roseanne McNulty, almost 100 years old, faces an uncertain future as the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital, where she has spent the best part of her adult life, prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks often with her psychiatrist, Dr Grene. This relationship, guarded but trusting after so many years, intensifies and complicates as Dr Grene mourns the death of his wife. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges of Roseanne's family in 1930s Sligo is at once shocking and deeply beautiful. Refracted through the haze of memory and retelling, Roseanne's story becomes an alternative, secret history of Ireland. It is the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love, passion and hope.

Faber & Faber 2008

Translated into:

Albanian, Estonian, French, German, Croatian, Slovak, Romanian

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