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  • Title: Nostos
  • Author: JohnMoriarty
  • ISBN: 9781901866681
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To commemorate the fourth anniversary of the death of celebrated Irish writer and philosopher John Moriarty, we have reprinted his acclaimed autobiography Nostos In this astonishing volume of autobiography, John Moriarty s earlier works of mystical philosophy, Dreamtime and Turtle Was Gone a Long Time, are given a biographical grounding Inhabited by all that he reads andTo commemorate the fourth anniversary of the death of celebrated Irish writer and philosopher John Moriarty, we have reprinted his acclaimed autobiography Nostos In this astonishing volume of autobiography, John Moriarty s earlier works of mystical philosophy, Dreamtime and Turtle Was Gone a Long Time, are given a biographical grounding Inhabited by all that he reads and perceives, Moriarty recovers lost forms of sensibility and categories of understanding, reconciling them gloriously within the arc of his life.Nostos is a Greek word meaning homecoming In its plural form, nostoi, it was the name of an extensive body of literature in ancient Greece about the Greek heroes who returned from the Trojan Wars Most of this literature has perished, but we do have The Odyssey, describing the long homecoming of Odysseus to Ithaca Moriarty s book assumes that for various reasons humanity is now exiled from the earth, but by reimagining it and ourselves as involved in a common destiny, it enacts a homecoming, a nostos to it.Nostos is a continuous narrative describing early on how its author lost his world as surely and completely as the Aztecs lost theirs when Cortez came ashore Thereafter, in places as far apart as neolithic North Kerry and London, Periclean Athens and Blackfoot Dancing Ground, Manitoba and Mexico, Kwakiutl coast and Connemara, the author fights his way to a kind of rest, to a requiem, at the heart of things as they terribly and resplendently are The classical, Eastern and Amer Indian legends that have informed Moriarty s life are recreated or re enacted in this deeply personal document, which is paradoxically rich in encounters with the physical world and tender episodes of love and loss, while giving us a disturbing insight into the terrors and rare ecstasies of the hermit s lonely struggle Tim RobinsonJOHN MORIARTY was born in North Kerry in 1938 and educated at Listowel and University College Dublin He taught English literature at the University of Manitoba in Canada for six years, before returning to Ireland in 1971 He is author of Dreamtime 1994 , and the trilogy Turtle Was Gone a Long Time Crossing the Kedron 1996 , Horsehead Nebula Neighing 1997 and Anaconda Canoe 1998.
    Nostos To commemorate the fourth anniversary of the death of celebrated Irish writer and philosopher John Moriarty we have reprinted his acclaimed autobiography Nostos In this astonishing volume of autobiog

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    1. a one time man of letters who had recently practised being a standing stone in a western bog John MoriartyTo tell the truth, I m a little intimidated to be writing about Nostos, or about John Moriarty Both are so epic, so full, and so difficult to describe in efficient terms.Nostos is an autobiography covering the first part of the life of John Moriarty, a recently deceased philosopher local to County Kerry, Ireland, who treads on the mythical, anti western logic side of things My first exposur [...]

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