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Tóibín, Colm 1955-

Works: 215 works in 1,269 publications in 21 languages and 35,472 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Romance fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographical fiction  Religious fiction  Short stories  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, Narrator, Conductor, zxx
Classifications: PR6070.O455,
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Colm Tóibín
Brooklyn : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Book )

107 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in 17 languages and held by 3,732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Ireland in the early 1950s, Eilis Lacey is one of many who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving behind her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn, and to a crowded boarding house where the landlady's intense scrutiny and the small jealousies of her fellow residents only deepen her isolation. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life -- and finally, she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. As she falls in love, news comes from home that forces her back to Enniscorthy -- not to the constrictions of her old life, but to new possibilities which conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn
The master : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Book )

77 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 3,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... In stunningly resonant prose, Toibin captures the loneliness and longing, the hope and despair of a man who never married, never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. The emoyional intensity of Toibin's portrait of James is riveting. Time and again, James, a master of psychological subtlety in his fiction, proves blind to his own heart and incapable of reconciling his dreams of passion with his own fragility." From the bookjacket
Nora Webster : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Book )

45 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From one of contemporary literature's bestselling, critically acclaimed and beloved authors, a magnificent new novel set in Ireland, about a fiercely compelling young widow and mother of four, navigating grief and fear, struggling for hope. Set in Wexford, Ireland, Colm Tóibín's superb seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a haven--herself. Nora Webster is a masterpiece in character study by a writer at the zenith of his career, "beautiful and daring" (The New York Times Book Review) and able to "sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations" (USA TODAY). In Nora Webster, Tóibín has created a character as iconic, engaging and memorable as Madame Bovary or Hedda Gabler"--
The testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín( Book )

58 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 2,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A provocative imagining of the later years of the mother of Jesus finds her living a solitary existence in Ephesus years after her son's crucifixion and struggling with guilt, anger, and feelings that her son is not the son of God and that His sacrifice was not for a worthy cause
The empty family : stories by Colm Tóibín( Book )

31 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short fiction includes "The Street," in which Pakistani workers in Barcelona pursue a taboo affair; and "Two Women," in which a taciturn Irish set designer confronts repressed emotions while working in her homeland
The blackwater lightship : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Book )

63 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 1,675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helen, her mother, and her grandmother come together to care for Helen's terminally ill brother
Mothers and sons : stories by Colm Tóibín( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sequence of nine short works explores the intricate bonds between mothers and sons as reflected at pivotal junctures that shift the way each sees and understands the other
The Penguin book of Irish fiction( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction represents the entire canon of Irish fiction in English from Jonathan Swift, born in 1667, to Emma Donoghue, born in 1969. In his comprehensive introduction Colm Toibin describes the particular difficulties faced by Irish writers before the twentieth century, which gave rise to forms of fiction that were strikingly different from the classic French and English novels of the nineteenth century. In a culture where certain connections between the writer and the reader - indeed between the individual and society itself - were absent, it was Gothic literature, with its menacing visions of crumbling houses and discontented peasants, that flourished."--Jacket
The story of the night : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Book )

48 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Argentina, Anglo teacher Richard Garay is recruited as a spy by the Americans and gradually comes to the conclusion he has sold his soul. A study of homosexuality in a country which disapproves of it and a look at what it meant to be of English origin at the time of the 1982 war between England and Argentina. By the author of The Heather Blazing
The heather blazing by Colm Tóibín( Book )

60 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is Ireland in the late twentieth century. Eamon Redmond is a judge in the Irish High Court, a man who has been focusing for years on the letter and the spirit of the law. Gradually, Eamon's focus shifts to his past, and to the past of his country. True-life figures from Irish politics weave in and out of the pages as the memories of his family's involvement in the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence haunt him
New ways to kill your mother : writers and their families by Colm Tóibín( Book )

27 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his essay on Tennessee Williams, Colm Toibin reveals an artist profoundly tormented by his sister's mental illness. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father, Toibin examines a world of family relations, and in Roddy Doyle's writing on his parents illuminates an Ireland reinvented. From John Cheever's journals Toibin makes flesh this darkly comic misanthrope and his intimates. Educating an intellectual woman, Cheever remarked, is like letting a rattlesnake into the house. In pieces that range from the importance of aunts (and the death of parents) in the English nineteenth-century novel to the relationship between fathers and sons in the writing of James Baldwin and Barack Obama, Colm Toibin illuminates not only the intimate connections between writers and their families but also articulates, with a rare tenderness and wit, the great joy of reading their work
The South by Colm Tóibín( Book )

64 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the 1950s, this is the story of Katherine Proctor who "flees husband, child and County Wexford (Ireland) for Spain. She, a Catalan lover, and another Irish emigre, painters all, fashion new worlds in their work while fighting past worlds in their lives."
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín( Recording )

26 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eilis Lacey is unable to find a job in Ireland in the years following World War II. An Irish priest from Brooklyn, New York offers to sponser her to live an work in America, so she decides she must go leaving her mother and sister behind. She adapts to her new life by working in a department store and the pain of parting has subsided until she receives devastating news from home that threatens the promise of her future
Love in a dark time : and other explorations of gay lives and literature by Colm Tóibín( Book )

34 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Writing these pieces helped me to come to terms with things - with my own interest in secret, erotic energy (Roger Casement and Thomas Mann), my pure admiration for figures who, unlike me, weren't afraid (Wilde, Bacon, Almodovar), my abiding fascination with sadness (Elizabeth Bishop, James Baldwin), and indeed, tragedy (Thom Gunn and Mark Doty)." "In Love in a Dark Time, Colm Toibin looks at the life and work of some of the greatest and most influential artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in the main figures whose homosexuality remained hidden or oblique for much of their lives. Either by choice or necessity, being gay seemed to come second for many of these writers. Yet in their private lives, and also in the spirit of their work, the laws of desire changed everything for them and made all the difference." "Ranging from figures such as Oscar Wilde, born in the 1850s, to Pedro Almodovar, born nearly a hundred years later, this book studies how a changing world altered lives in ways both subtle and serious. Colm Toibin interweaves close reading of the work with detailed analysis of the personality behind the work to illuminating effect."--Jacket
The Irish famine : a documentary by Colm Tóibín( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s has been popularly perceived as a genocide attributable to the British government. In professional historical circles, however, such singular thinking was dismissed many years ago, as evidenced by the scathing academic response to Cecil Woodham-Smith's 1963 classic, The Great Hunger, which, in addition to presenting a vivid and horrifying picture of the human suffering, made strong accusations against the British government's failure to act." "And while British governmental sins of omission and commission during the famine played their part, there is a broader context of land agitation and regional influences of class conflict within Ireland that also contributed to the starvation of more than a million people."
On Elizabeth Bishop by Colm Tóibín( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, novelist Colm Tóibín offers a deeply personal introduction to the work and life of one of his most important literary influences--the American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Ranging across her poetry, prose, letters, and biography, Tóibín creates a vivid picture of Bishop while also revealing how her work has helped shape his sensibility as a novelist and how her experiences of loss and exile resonate with his own. What emerges is a compelling double portrait that will intrigue readers interested in both Bishop and Tóibín"--
The testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín( Recording )

13 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provocative, haunting and indelible, this portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. Years after the crucifixion, Mary lives alone and refuses to help the authors of the Gospel. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was 'worth it'; nor that these mere men that followed him were holy disciples
Nora Webster : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Recording )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness
Mothers and sons by Colm Tóibín( Book )

34 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toibin's stated aim is to focus "on a moment in which an unspoken balance shifts" between mothers and sons. The whole collection looks at the mother-son dynamic not as connection but as severance. In The Use of Reason the central character is a criminal. Toibin unfurls the inevitability of his trajectory via abusive Catholic correctional institution, the death of his younger brother and the indifference of his alcoholic mother. A Song continues the theme of detachment caused by abandonment. A mother sings in a pub of unrequited love and betrayal, all the while staring at the son she left years before. In The Name of the Game, Nancy struggles to save her family after her husband dies penniless. In Famous Blue Raincoat Lisa relives the death of her sister years before, when her son Luke unearths the records the sisters had made together. A Priest in the Family amplifies the theme of abuse from the perspective of a mother. Three Friends deals with the death of a young man's mother. A Summer Job is a wonderful three-way plait about the changing relationship between a mother, her son and her mother, charting the way love transmutes into need and how need changes hands. In A Long Winter, a mother accused by her husband of alcoholism walks out. There is a terrible winter storm and she is feared lost in the mountains. After attempted searches, father and son realise they will have to await the thaw before they can locate her and that they will have to beat the vultures to her body
Lady Gregory's toothbrush by Colm Tóibín( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This sharp and stylish biography redefines the woman George Bernard Shaw once described as 'the greatest living Irishwoman' - Augusta Gregory. A remarkable figure in Celtic history, she was married to an MP and land-owner, yet retained an unprecedented independence of both thought and deed, actively championing causes close to her heart. At once conservative and radical in her beliefs, she saw no conflict in idealizing and mythologizing the Irish peasantry, for example, while her landlord husband introduced legislation that would, in part, lead to the widespread misery, poverty and starvation of the Great Famine. Nevertheless, as founder of the Abbey Theatre, an outspoken opponent of censorship, and mentor, muse and mother-figure to W.B. Yeats, Augusta Gregory played a pivotal role in shaping Irish literary and dramatic history. Moreover, despite her parents' early predictions of spinsterhood, she was no matronly figure, engaging in a passionate affair while newly-wedded and, as she approached sixty, falling for a man almost twenty years her junior
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Brooklyn : a novel
Alternative Names
Colm Tóibín dichter uit Ierland

Colm Tóibín écrivain irlandais

Colm Tóibín escritor irlandés

Colm Tóibín irischer Autor, Journalist und Literaturkritiker

Colm Tóibín irländsk poet

Colm Tóibín irsk poet

Colm Tóibín scrittore e critico letterario irlandese

Tóibíin, Colm 1955-

Tóibín, Colm

Toibin, Colm 1955-

Toibīns, Kolms, 1955-

Тойбин, Колм

טובין, קולם 1955-

טויבין, קולם 1955-

کولم توبین شاعر ایرلندی

칼럼 토이빈

토빈, 콜럼 1955-

トビーン, コルム


The master : a novelThe empty family : storiesThe blackwater lightship : a novelMothers and sons : storiesThe Penguin book of Irish fictionThe story of the night : a novelThe heather blazingThe South