We are delighted to announce the upcoming release of Jean Pasley’s novel ‘Black Dragonfly’ based on the remarkable experiences of the Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn.
Over a century after his death, nomadic Irish writer, Patrick Lafcadio Hearn remains one of the most famous Westerners ever to make Japan his home. In this richly imagined novel, Jean Pasley explores not only Hearn’s stark, lonely childhood in Ireland and his scandalous time in America but also how Japan changed him and how he went on to become one of Japan’s most celebrated and cherished writers.
Dublin-born writer and filmmaker Jean Pasley spent ten years in Japan. Her screenplays have won numerous awards, the most recent being The Audience Award at Cork International Film Festival 2020 for The Bright Side on which she was co-writer. Her new short film, Ship of Souls, which she directed, was also inspired by Hearn and is due for release shortly. She now lives in Dublin, close to one of Hearn’s childhood homes. This is her first novel. Jean Pasley is also a member of the Ireland Japan Association (IJA).
A lavish, beautiful testimony to the life and achievements of Lafcadio Hearn. – Frank McGuinness
The story of a complex and troubled man, as he tries to come to terms with his life and at the same time, negotiate the ancient, mysterious and fast-changing civilisation of nineteenth century Japan. – Christine Dwyer Hickey
An alluring and absorbing tale and one of the most engaging and insightful books I have read in a long time. – Manchán Magan
Black Dragonfly is published by Balestier Press. Publication date: 15 April 2021.
You can preorder your copy online here:
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Dragonfly-Jean-Pasley/dp/1913891054/
- Balesties Press: https://balestier.com/books/literature/black-dragonfly/