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McLaughlin, Donal 1961-

Overview
Works: 55 works in 127 publications in 4 languages and 1,854 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Romance fiction  Short stories  Pictorial works  Poetry  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Moderator, Speaker, Interviewee
Classifications: PT2685.I24, 833.914
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Most widely held works about Donal McLaughlin
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Most widely held works by Donal McLaughlin
On life, death, and this and that of the rest : the Frankfurt lectures on poetics by Urs Widmer( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Lectures on Poetics Series at the University of Frankfurt VI has hosted many illustrious speakers at its lectern, including Ingeborg Bachmann, Theodor Adorno, and Heinrich Böll. At the beginning of 2007, Urs Widmer - described by the Independent as "one of the living greats of Swiss literature"--Spoke to more than twelve hundred students and enthusiasts, sharing the sum of his understandings of poets and their timeless creations. In "On Life, Death, and This and That of the Rest", English language readers will gain access to Widmer's historic talks for the first time through Donal McLaughlin's excellent translation. Here, Widmer imparts his views on the poet as deviant and as sufferer, and as the conduit for the dream of singing to the imagination in the nameless voice of the people. Here, one of our finest living writers shares his experience of life as an author and as a devotee of the printed word with a new and enthusiastic readership
The Village Indian by ʻAbbās Khiḍr( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Iraq via Northern Africa through Europe and back again, Abbas Khider deftly blends the tragic with the comic, and the grotesque with the ordinary, in order to tell the story of suffering the real and brutal dangers of life as a refugee and to remember the haunting faces of those who did not survive the journey. This is a stunning piece of storytelling, a novel of unusual scope that brings to life the endless cycle of illegal entry and deportation that defines life for a vulnerable population living on the margins of legitimate society. Translated by Donal McLaughlin, The Village Indian provides what every good translation should: a literary looking glass between two cultures, between two places, between East and West
Der Geliebte der Mutter : Roman by Urs Widmer( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's Switzerland in the 1920s when the two lovers first meet. She is young, beautiful and rich. In contrast, he can barely support himself and is interested only in music. By the end of their lives, he is a famous conductor and the richest man in the country, but she is penniless. And most important of all, no one knows of her love for him; it is a secret he took to his grave. Here begins Urs Widmer's novel "My Mother's Lover". Based on a real-life affair, "My Mother's Lover"--The first part of a much-loved trilogy - is the story of a lifelong and unspoken love for a man - recorded by the woman's son, who begins this novel on the day his mother's lover dies. Set against the backdrop of the Depression and World War II, it is a story of sacrifice and betrayal, passionate devotion and inevitable suffering. Yet in Widmer's hands, it is always entertaining and surprisingly comic - a unique kind of fairy tale
Das Buch des Vaters : Roman by Urs Widmer( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the age of twelve, Karl, the father, has observed the family tradition of recording his life in a single notebook, but when his book is lost soon after his death, his son resolves to rewrite it. Here, we get to know Karl's friends - a collection of anti-fascist painters and architects known as Group 33. We learn of the early years of Karl's marriage and follow his military service as the Swiss fear a German invasion during World War II, his political activity for the Communist Party, and his brief career as a teacher. We are told of Karl's literary translations of his favorite French books, and, most important, the eerie and ever-present coffins outside the houses in the home village of Karl's father, one reserved for each individual from the day he or she is born
Der blaue Siphon : Erzählung by Urs Widmer( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this wildly entertaining novel, the narrator unexpectedly finds himself back in the world of his childhood: Switzerland in the 1940s. He returns to his childhood home to find his parents frantic because their son is missing. Then, in another switch, the young boy that he was back then turns up in the present of the early 1990s, during the Gulf War, where he meets himself as an older man, and meets his adult self s young daughter. These head-scratching, hilarious time shifts happen when both the adult narrator and his childhood self go to the cinema and see films, the subjects of which echo their own lives
Grünschnabel : Roman by Monica Cantieni( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'My father bought me from the council for 365 francs.' The narrator in Monica Cantieni's novel is a young girl, an immigrant to Switzerland whose adoption is still to be finalized. The girl is learning German--the language spoken in her new community--and collects words and phrases in matchboxes. Her narrative, infused with a child's uncannily perceptive idea of the world, moves between her days in the orphanage and her new life with her adoptive parents. Set in the time of the crucial 1970 Swiss referendum on immigration, we encounter a host of colourful characters who struggle to make Switzerland their home: Eli, the Spanish bricklayer; Toni, the Italian factory worker with film-star looks; Madame Jelisaweta, the Yugoslav hairdresser; and Milena, the mysterious girl in the wardrobe. The tormented relationship between her new parents haunts her days as she creates with her adoptive grandfather Tat the 'Encyclopaedia of Good Reasons' with which, one hopes, she will set out on her life's journey. A book with a very warm heart, rarely has a young girl's narrative been at once so uproariously hilarious and so deeply moving, so rooted in the issues of today's Europe and so universal
Language-meaning-social construction : interdisciplinary studies( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zbinden's progress by Christoph Simon( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lukas Zbinden leans on the arm of Kazim, as they walk slowly down the stairway towards the door of his old people's home. Step by step, the irrepressible Lukas recounts the life he shared with his wife Emilie and his son. She loved to walk in the countryside; he loved towns and meeting strangers. Different in so many ways, what was the secret of their life-long love? And why is it now so hard for him to talk to his son? Gradually we get to know a man with a twinkle in his eye and learn the captivating story of this man, his late wife, their son and the many people he has met along the way. Zbinden's Progress is heart-rending, heart-warming and hilarious. -- Winner of the Bern Literature Prize 2010
The Alp : a novel by Arno Camenisch( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Kuh vom Giosch hat einen Silberblick. La vacca dil Giosch mira tschèc. La vache au Giosch a une coquetterie dans l'oeil.¶Le jeune et prolifique Arno Camenisch est un pur Grison de la Sursilva : ce n'est pas pour autant qu'il confond folklore et littérature, comme en témoigne Sez Ner, western des alpages qui dégomme tous les clichés sur le sujet ! Car ni les armaillis, ni les vaches, ni les fromages ne sont conventionnels dans ce roman burlesque mais grinçant, fait d'événements minuscules et de dialogues à l'emporte-pièce. Prisonniers sans barreaux dans le plus vaste et splendide paysage qui soit, les taciturnes paysans à l'humour noir se gaussent ´ d'en bas ª, mais sont sans illusions sur leur valeur d'icônes. Composé à la fois en allemand et sursilvan, ce roman décapant y ajoute en contrepoint une époustouflante traduction française !Le jeune et prolifique Arno Camenisch est un pur Grison de la Sursilva : ce n'est pas pour autant qu'il confond folklore et littérature, comme en témoigne Sez Ner, western des alpages qui dégomme tous les clichés sur le sujet ! Car ni les armaillis, ni les vaches, ni les fromages ne sont conventionnels dans ce roman burlesque mais grinçant, fait d'événements minuscules et de dialogues à l'emporte-pièce. Prisonniers sans barreaux dans le plus vaste et splendide paysage qui soit, les taciturnes paysans à l'humour noir se gaussent ´ d'en bas ª, mais sont sans illusions sur leur valeur d'icônes. Composé à la fois en allemand et sursilvan, ce roman décapant y ajoute en contrepoint une époustouflante traduction française !
Beheading the Virgin Mary, and other stories by Donal McLaughlin( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Liam O'Donnel, an Irish boy growing up in Scotland, is often the focus of Donal McLaughlin's hilarious and harrowing short stories, and in beheading the virgin mary, he continues this loose narrative, interspersed -- every second story -- with unrelated reports. Here, Liam steps in dog dirt on his way to Sunday Mass; Bloody Sunday is experienced as a series of phone calls to the home of a Scottish neighbor; and the title story introduces the next generation of O'Donnells
Heinrich Böll, die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum by Donal McLaughlin( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and German and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Im Kongo : Roman by Urs Widmer( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kuno ist Pfleger in einem Altenheim. Als sein Vater eines Tages mit seinem Gewehr auf den Postboten schiesst, kann KUno gerade noch eine Anzeige verhindern. Doch dazu ist eine Bedingung zu erfüllen: Der Vater muss unverzüglich sein idyllisch gelegenes Haus verlassen und ins Altersheim ziehen. Kuno, der den Umzug vorbereitet, glaubte immer, sein Vater habe ein alltägliches Leben geführt, ohne Höhen und Tiefen. Erst im Altersheim, als beide Zeit für einander finden, erfährt er, dass sein Vater ein Schicksal besitzt und ein ungewöhnliches: Er arbeitete während des 2. Weltkrieges beim Geheimdienst und riskierte sein Leben
Behind the station : a novel by Arno Camenisch( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and Italian and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Es ist ein kleiner Ort, dem Arno Camenisch nach dem Erfolgsbuch Sez Ner seine Aufmerksamkeit zuwendet, ein kleines Dorf in einem engen Tal zwischen hohen Bergen - und doch sind der Schraubenladen und das Coiffeurgeschäft, sind der Bahnhof und der Stammtisch in der Helvezia die ganze Welt, in der jeder und alles seinen Platz und seinen Namen hat. Es geht ums Zähne klopfen und um die Züge, die ein Mal die Stunde das Tal hinabfahren, um Jasskanonen und Dorftrompeten, um die Sau vom Adolfdallamaria und den Eierlikör vom Dichter, um die Grossmutter, die schief steht, und um die Särge vom Grossvater. Es ist ein Kind, das diese vertraute und zugleich seltsam schräge Welt der Erwachsenen sieht, sein direkter Blick schafft Nähe, es täuscht mit seiner Unbekümmertheit über die Abgründe hinweg, die sich hier auftun. Auch Camenischs zweites Buch besticht durch die Musik seiner Sprache, in der Witz und Ernst, Zartheit und Handfestigkeit eine Verbindung eingehen, die bleibende und berührende Bilder schafft. Atmosphärisch dicht beschreibt Arno Camenisch Verlust und Untergang auf seine ihm ganz eigene eigenwillige Art
Mr Adamson by Urs Widmer( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Naw much of a talker by Pedro Lenz( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in 3 languages and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Known only as 'the goalie', the novel's narrator is always taking the blame. He's just been released from jail, having kept schtum during a drugs bust. The goalie is a sucker for a good story, he lives and breathes them, telling stories to himself and anyone who'll listen as he struggles to go straight. On a trip together to Spain, Regi, his new girlfriend, realises that this obsession with storytelling has its downside; the goalie is all too ready to believe the yarns his friends spin."--Back cover
Shards by Stella Rotenberg( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and German and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beautiful : Sibiu 2002-2013 by Loredana Nemes( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aus der Kindheitsperspektive erzählen die Bilder von Loredana Nemes (*1972 in Sibiu) von der Schönheit ihrer Heimatstadt und einem in Traditionen verwurzelten Leben: Auf einem Bild der Serie beautiful versprechen barfüßige Beine und ein kleines Dreirad einen endlosen Sommer. Kinder spielen auf der Straße, Erwachsene verbringen ebenfalls viel Zeit draußen, tratschen mit Nachbarn, begegnen einander und der scheinbar unberührten Natur des Umlandes mit endlos wirkender Muße. Der Idylle der Fotografien setzt Loredana Nemes, die 14-jährig ihr Sibiu verlassen musste, poetische Texte entgegen, die ein Gefühl davon vermitteln, welche Zäsur die Flucht aus dem sozialistischen Rumänien für sie bedeutet hat. Innere Bilder stehen den fotografischen gegenüber und ergänzen die Graustufen durch die Farben der Kindheit und Fantasie, durch das Blut eines geschlachteten Schweins, durch Gummibären, durch widerspenstige Teppichfransen oder verbrannte Muttermilch
An allergic reaction to national anthems and other stories by Donal McLaughlin( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Small is my land : poetry and prose from Latvia( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Das Buch des Vaters : Roman
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Heinrich Böll, die verlorene Ehre der Katharina BlumShardsAn allergic reaction to national anthems and other stories
Alternative Names
MacLaughlin, Donal 1961-

MacLaughlin, Donald

Mc Laughlin, Donal 1961-

McLaughlin, Donal 1961-

Languages
English (77)

German (7)

Scots (1)

Italian (1)