Irish author John McGahern passes away
McGahern, known for such books as The Dark and Amongst Women died, aged 71.india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 14:15 IST
Irish author John McGahern, known for such books as
, has died aged 71, his publisher said on Thursday.
Random House said in a statement that the author had died earlier on Thursday but gave no further details.
McGahern began as a teacher in Ireland but resigned and was forced to leave the country after his 1965 novel The Dark, an exploration of adolescence, was denounced as pornographic and banned in Ireland.
His novel Amongst Women, the story of Irish civil war veteran Michael Moran, was short-listed for a Booker Prize.
McGahern, who was regarded as one of Ireland's greatest writers, was born in Dublin and brought up in Roscommon. He did most of his writing in Leitrim and had just published his memoirs All will be well.