The Marriage at Antibes
By: Carol Azadeh
Publication Date: January 1999
The Marriage at Antibes by Carol Azadeh
‘The Country Road’ moves heartbreakingly through the days of Cathy, a lonely eighty-year-old in a Northern Ireland populated by her elderly neighbours and the vague menace of the security forces. In ‘Bronagh’, the eponymous heroine is wrenched from an idyllic sojourn in Andalucia when her mother falls ill, embarking on a homeward journey of oblivion along the western flank of Europe. ‘A Banal Stain’ tells the story of a graduate student lodging in a once-grand house in Lyon and confronting the ghosts of France’s colonial and Vichy past. In ‘A Recitation of Nomads’ an English painter and her American writer boyfriend, slouching through their twenties together, light out for Morocco to mend their dreams. And ‘The Marriage at Antibes’ is an arranged one between a political refugee, long settled in France, and his newly arrived bride.
These stories of travel, unbelonging and otherness, related with the poised eye of a young Elizabeth Bowen, and with remarkable emotional power, announce a compelling voice in Irish fiction.
‘An itinerary of stories that are restless and inquiring, bringing distant locales and elusive moods into bracing focus.’ – New York Times
‘Azadeh’s prose is at once lyrical, direct, lush, and very, very assured; because of the length the stories can seem somewhat muted, too, but there’s always something pulsing underneath… they’re gorgeous, wrenching things.’ – Customer review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CAROL AZADEH was born in Northern Ireland and educated in Oxford and Paris. She now lives in the south of France. The Marriage at Antibes is her first book.