English Summary/英文概要： A universal story of love, family and betrayal, John the Revelator is narrated in the compelling voice of an introverted, watchful adolescent, John Devine. Stuck in a small town, worried over by his single mother - the chain-smoking, bible-quoting Lily - and the gregarious but sinister Mrs Nagle, he yearns for escape. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy-wonder, arrives in town, John’s life suddenly fills with possibilities - welcome and otherwise - and as he hides from the reality of his mother’s ever-worsening health, he is faced with a terrible dilemma
Brilliantly evoking all the frustrations and pent-up energy of a parochial adolescence, John the Revelator also gradually becomes the story of Lily herself, and the secrets of her past. Suffused with eerie imagery, black humour and told in hypnotic prose, John the Revelator is a novel to fall in love with.
Chinese Summary/中文概要： 主角John Devine為一位個性內向、膽小的少年，住在一個愛爾蘭偏僻的小村莊，當地生活毫無趣味可言，與其說他懂得與現況妥協，不如說他對未來毫無希望可言，他生活中除了舊病難醫的母親及陰險惡毒的鄰居Mrs Nagle外，就沒有其他人了，就算他想離開也毫無方向。就當某天，一位與他年紀相仿的少年Jamey Corboy來到此地，這位成熟世故與John截然不同的少年，不僅吸引所有人的注意，更讓John的生活充滿變化的可能，不過他也因引滿了某些事實，讓他陷入更兩難的困境……(VL)
Awards/获奖情况： Rights sold: Harcourt in US; Suhrkamp in Germany; Atlas in Hollandm
‘So fresh, so original and disturbing and brave ... it’s an absolutely wonderful book.’---Colm Tóibín（柯姆‧托賓）
‘John Devine, hero of this superb debut novel, is certainly not a man of action. Observant, insecure, and especially obsessed with worms, maggots and the like, John is the classic outsider adolescent … Murphy’s light touch lends contemporary Ireland a surprising sense of timelessness … [His] disturbing narrative feels honest, an enviable mixture of technical skill and imaginative fancy. Sad and funny, creepy, weird and sarcastic in equal measure, John the Revelator is a blistering come-of-age tale filled with ribald broadsides against the hysterical contradictions of life in everyday Ireland, a changing nation that hasn’t really changed at all. It deserves to be read and reread.’---Val Nolan, Sunday Business Post
‘When the likes of Roddy Doyle and Colm Tóibín praise a debut novel about life in a small Irish town, it is fair to assume that it’s going to be worth reading. And so it proves with John the Revelator … Despite containing several episodes of shocking violence, John the Revelator is actually one of the tenderest novels I’ve read for some time. John’s relationship with his mother, Lily, with whom he lives alone, is beautifully done … cracking dialogue is just one of Murphy’s considerable gifts; he also brilliantly evokes ‘the frustrations and pent-up energy of a parochial adolescence’ (as the dust jacket so rightly says) and is lucid about the lengths to which people are prepared to go for friends and family.’---James Smith, Booktrust