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  • Published: 1 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9781860460883
  • Imprint: Harvill Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $29.99

The Berlin Wall Cafe




In the first part of this collection are public poems of great satirical comedy and passion, and in the second part poems about the break up of a marriage so intense that they would be unbearably painful to read were they not also possessed of both truthfulness and humour.


  • Pub date: 1 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9781860460883
  • Imprint: Harvill Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Paul Durcan

Paul Durcan was born in Dublin in 1944. His first book, Endsville (1967), has been followed by more than twenty others, including The Berlin Wall Café (a Poetry Book Society Choice in 1985), Daddy, Daddy (winner of the Whitbread Award for Poetry in 1990), Crazy About Women (1991), A Snail in My Prime: New and Selected Poems (1993), Give Me Your Hand (1994), Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil (1999), The Art of Life (2004), The Laughter of Mothers (2007), Life is a Dream: 40 Years Reading Poems 1967–2007 (2009), Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being (2012), and The Days of Surprise (2015). In 2001 Paul Durcan received a Cholmondeley Award. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2004 to 2007. He was conferred with a DLitt by Trinity College Dublin in 2009 and by University College Dublin in 2011. In 2014 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Irish Book Award. He is a member of Aosdána.

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