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Quartier Perdu
Quartier Perdu

Quartier Perdu


224 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $18.50)

Publication Date: May 2018

ISBN 9781905583706

Rights: US, CA, NZ, CAM, SAM, CAR, PH, KR & FM

Comma Press (May 2018)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: May 2018


Sean O'Brien's second collection, Quartier Perdu, is a deeply unsettling and darkly thrilling exploration of the cities underbelly, taking the reader on journeys through the dead parts of town, no-go zones. Whether it's the single-minded scientist determined to bring light in to every household in Victorian Britain, or the police psychologist probing the mind of a murderer, O'Brien creates his own instantly recognisable fictional landscape, where crime, mystery and disillusion abound. 


In O'Brien country you may hear the hoot of a train pulling out of the city, but you'll never be on it, because your place is here in the kingdom of backstreet pubs, tired, desirable girls and drowned men… First-class stories from one of our finest writers.' - Helen Dunmore on The Silence Room (Sean's first collection)

Author Biography

Sean O'Brien is a poet, critic, playwright, anthologist, broadcaster, novelist and editor. He grew up in Hull and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has published seven collections of poetry to date, including the prize-winning Downriver (2007) and November (2011). His Collected Poems was published in 2012. His book of essays on contemporary poetry, The Deregulated Muse, was published in 1998, as was his acclaimed anthology The Firebox: Poetry in Britain and Ireland after 1945. His Newcastle Bloodaxe Poetry lectures were published as Journey to the Interior: Ideas of England in Contemporary Poetry (2012). He has edited a selection from Andrew Marvell (2011) and, with Don Paterson, The Rest on the Flight: Selected Poems of Peter Porter (2010), and Train Songs: Poetry of the Railways (2013). His collection of short stories, The Silence Room, was published by Comma in 2008. He has translated Dante's Inferno and the poems of Corsino Fortes. His plays include The Birds, Laughter When We're Dead, and Keepers of the Flame. His translation of Tirso de Molina's Spanish Golden Age comedy Don Gil of the Green Breeches was staged in Bath in 2013, and in London and Coventry in 2014. He contributes to the Guardian, The Independent and the Times Literary Supplement. Radio work includes versions of Zamyatin's We, Greene's The Ministry of Fear and a Radio 4 documentary on Ted Lewis, the author of Get Carter. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.