Horse of Selene
The Horse of Selene

The Horse of Selene


21.6 x 13.8 cm.     175 pp.    1975 [Dolmen Press]

This unique novel is firmly rooted in the Irish tradi­tion which produced such masterpieces as At-Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien, Murphy by Samuel Beckett and The Girl with the Green Eyes by Edna O’Brien. Her splendid insight into what living is all about is tempered by a keen wit, ably displayed in The Horse of Selene, her story of the confrontation between modern youth and its freedom and the older civilisation of the Western World.

When The Horse of Selene was first published it was noticed by The New York Times as ‘a remarkable first novel by a remarkable woman’, The Guardian reviewer found the book ‘lively and good’ and The New Statesman said, ‘Not often can a reader say that she wants to begin the book again immediately she’s finished, or at whatever page the book opens read on from there, yet this is exactly how I reacted’.

Juanita Casey’s father and her Irish mother were both gypsies. Neither conventional education nor a conventional life suited her and she is largely self- taught, basing her technique on experience. First married at sixteen, she has lived a nomadic life ever since with her family and her animals.

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