The Informer - Liam O’Flaherty 1925 - Jonathan Cape Ltd, London - First Edition ‘He was a poor weak human being like themselves, a human soul, weak and helpless in suffering, shivering in the toils of the eternal struggle of the human soul with pain.’

The recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and listed as one of Haycraft-Queen’s cornerstone titles,
The Infomer dives into one of the darkest periods of Irish Republican history: set in the tempestuous aftermath of the 1916 rising. Emotionally and ethically complex, the novel follows the life of protagonist Gypo Nolan, as he reveals the location of his revolutionary partner to the police. Forced into exile, he must escape his former comrades, who will stop at nothing to get their revenge.

The novel was then adapted into a motion picture of the same name in 1935, directed by John Ford and starring Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel and Una O’Connor garnering four Oscars, including Best Director, Actor, Screenplay, and Score.
  ‘Mr. O'Flaherty wrote of the brittle lives of the Irish people as they sought, often violently, to achieve the dignities of economic self-sufficiency and political independence.’ - The New York Times

Liam O’Flaherty
(1896-1984) was a leading figure of the Irish Renaissance, he initially planned on becoming a priest (following a tumultuous and brief stint as the leader of the Irish Communist Party) only to quickly abandon the idea, instead joining the army as a soldier during World War I. Following the end of the war he spent much time traveling in South America, the Middle East, United States, and Canada. He returned to Ireland but quickly found himself exiled account of his political activities, so he travelled to England and started writing novels shortly thereafter. O’Flaherty went on to receive critical and commercial acclaim for his works, his most notably Thy Neighbour’s Wife and The Informer.

References: Encyclopedia Britannica [web]. The New York Times [web].

Octavo (19.5 x 13 cm). pp. 272. In publisher’s olive green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, publisher’s blind embossed logo to rear board.
  Condition: Near fine, light spotting to foredge and endpapers, and minor rubbing to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 108989   Price: HK$ 1,900