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The Man With No Skin by Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill
When Father Ciarán O'Sullivan is viciously attacked in his home and left for dead, he realizes that his life has been a waste. As a priest in the village of Kishagi, on the slopes of Mount Kenya, he has tried to be divine as well as human, and has failed at both.
As he finds his way back from the limbo lands between living and dying, he accepts that he has much to learn about himself, and more to learn from and about the people he has presumed to serve.
This is a journey of love, hatred, jealousy, and forgiveness in a place at the center of the whirlpool of differing cultures and beliefs.
The Man With No Skin Awards
The Man With No Skin won first place in Fiction in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) Awards 2006 and was a Finalist in the Multicultural Fiction category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) 2006 in the USA.
The Man With No Skin Reviews
'Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill puts the reader in the center of the world as it now exists: raw and breathtakingly beautiful; violent and unutterably tender. The Man With No Skin will change you. Ordinary lives in Africa today - a black gardener, a white "Mama", an Irish priest, a black African woman-here become a tapestry before which we see our own skins, and what they signify in a world of AIDS and other terrors. Between the Christian god and Ngai, the god of the mountain, Ní Chonaill allows us to find our own way toward something like revelation.' - Pat Schneider.
'A powerful novel' - Irish Emigrant Review
'Fast paced and very well written' -Fearless Books
'A small book, beautifully written; a large message lovingly tendered' - Madge Walls.
'The Man With No Skin is an absorbing story, ranging from Kenya to Cape Clear. Although it's only Órfhlaith's first novel, it carries big ideas with the deceptive ease of JM Coetzee's Disgrace, but has the same eye for local African colour as Alexander McCall Smith in his comic classic, The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Mark my words, this novel is going to go to Oprah and beyond.' - Eoghan Harris, Sunday Independent.
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The launch of The Man With No Skin in the Yeats Building, Sligo, August 2005.
The Man With No Skin was published by Dialogue Publishing Inc. in Colorado in 2005.