“When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin. I wonder, would they know it was me?”
—J.P. Donleavy, The Ginger Man
First published in Paris, the novel is set in Dublin, Ireland, in post-war 1947. Upon its publication, it was banned in the Republic of Ireland and the United States of America for obscenity. It follows the often racy misadventures of Sebastian Dangerfield, a young American living in Dublin with his English wife and infant daughter and studying law at Trinity College.