Red is the Port Light
About the book…
One of the darkest novels to come out of the north of Ireland, Red is the Port Light blends the withering coastal landscapes of east Ulster with acute psychological insights to produce a harrowing narrative of extreme loneliness turned into a nightmare of murderous dependence.
In a geographical environment and amid themes familiar to Joseph Tomelty plays such as All Souls’ Night and Poor Errand, Stephen Durnan blunders from the luxury of imagined guilt over the death of a drunken sea captain to the grim madness of an opportunistic marriage to the captain’s wife and the very real delirium of her magnificently difficult murder.
First published to wide acclaim by Jonathan Cape in 1948, this fresh reprint brings to a new readership the precise and chilling imagery of this important author’s prose.