In the Dark Room

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Pub Date: 02/26/2019

Pages: 272

Trim: 5 x 8

Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions

Imprint: Fitzcarraldo Editions

ISBN 13: 9781910695722

ISBN 10: 1910695726

Price: / $25.95 CAN$17.95

In the Dark Room

By Brian Dillon, Frances Wilson

Price: $17.95



About the Book

Boldly combining the highly personal with the brilliantly scholarly, In the Dark Room explores the question of how memory works emotionally and culturally. It is narrated through the prism of the author’s experience of losing both his parents, his mother when he was sixteen, his father when he was on the cusp of adulthood and of trying, after a breakdown some years later, to piece things together. Drawing on the lessons of centuries of literature, philosophy and visual art, Dillon interprets the relics of his parents and of his childhood in a singularly original and arresting piece of writing reissued for the first time since its original publication in 2005, and including a new foreword from prize-winning biographer Frances Wilson.

About the Book

A lucid and delicate exploration of memory and grief from the author of Essayism.


Brian Dillon was born in Dublin in 1969. His books include Essayism, The Great Explosion (shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize), Objects in This Mirror: Essays, I Am Sitting in a Room, Sanctuary, and Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize). His writing has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Bookforum, frieze and Artforum. He is UK editor of Cabinet magazine, and teaches at the Royal College of Art, London. Originally published in 2005, In the Dark Room is his first book and won the Irish Book Award for non-fiction.

Frances Wilson is a biographer, whose books include The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth and Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey. She teaches writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.