The Power of Darkness

First edition of John Mcgahern's Irish play


John McGahern


Faber & Faber, London, 1991
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing. Paperback.19.5 × 12.5cm, 52pp.

Paul King, an Irish landowner, is dying; his wife is half his age. He has not allowed his wealth to spread ease or comfort. When he dies, his handsome young workman Paul is urged by a cunning mother to move in on the vulnerable young widow. The Power of Darkness reflects a fallen world. The title is a description of the force that drives it; sexual ignorance and the old fear of famine lead to irrational greed, coupled with the need for redemption.


A very good copy, with a little tanning and creasing to the spine.



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