The Closed Harbour

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März 2015



Trapped on shore, a captain fights desperately for a place on a ship

Once, Marius believes, the world was wide and the sea was infinite. Adventure and profit awaited any man bold enough to step aboard a ship and cast his lot with the open ocean.
But those days are gone. After a long and undistinguished career, Marius’s reputation suffers an irreparable blow during the dark days of World War II when he refuses to go down with a sinking ship. It is the greatest crime a captain can commit, and it dooms him to hell on earth.
Trapped in Marseilles, Marius spends his days begging for a boat and his nights in a bitter, alcoholic stupor. The ocean has rejected him so fully, he thinks, that he doubts the waters would even allow him to drown. But as Marius learns, it’s possible for a man to drown on dry land.


James Hanley (1897-1985) was born in Liverpool, England, to an Irish Catholic family. He spent time in the merchant navy and served with the Canadian Infantry during World War I. From 1930 to 1981 Hanley published forty-eight books, including the novels Boy, The Furys, The Ocean, Another World, and Hollow Sea. He penned plays for radio, television, and theater and published a work of nonfiction, Grey Children, on the plight of coal miners. Hanley died in London but was buried in Wales, the setting for many of his works.


“James Hanley’s writing is as succinct as a telegram, nude, yet terrific.” —The New York Times
“[Hanley’s writing is] uncompromising, stark, too truthful to be comfortable.” —Anthony Burgess
“[Hanley was] not British, not American, not South African, not Ebury Street, not Chicago. Just language like a good clean cyclone.” —William Faulkner
“A modernist master.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Words and incidents have been carefully chosen and placed to give an effect of controlled power. The story of the disgraced sea captain trying vainly to reinstate himself and slowly sinking beneath the combined weight of his guilt and his reputation has universal significance.” —The Times (London)
“[Hanley is] a novelist of distinction and originality.” —E. M. Forster
“[Hanley’s] language, intense and compassionate as his world is diseased and vicious, reveals an intense understanding of the cesspool of human nature and the capacity for good and bad, even at once.” —The List (Edinburgh)
“[Hanley was the creator of] some of the most serious and emotionally demanding novels in our language this century.” —The Sunday Correspondent
“Hanley is one of the most able and influential writers in the English language.” —The Boston Globe
“[Hanley] is that rarity of rarities: a genuine original.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[Hanley] is one of the most consistently praised and least-known novelists in the English-speaking world.” —Time
EAN: 9781504005746
Untertitel: A Novel. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Open Road Media
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2015
Seitenanzahl: 196 Seiten
Format: epub eBook
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