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City Of Bohane

Author : Kevin Barry
ISBN : 155597645X
Genre : Fiction
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“Extraordinary . . . Barry takes us on a roaring journey . . . Powerful, exuberant fiction.” —The New York Times Book Review (front cover) Forty or so years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the North Rises, and the eerie bogs of the Big Nothin’ that the city really lives. For years it has all been under the control of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there’s trouble in the air. They say Hartnett’s old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; and his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight. Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane combines Celtic myth and a Caribbean beat, fado and film, graphic-novel cool and all the ripe inheritance of Irish literature to create something hilarious, beautiful, and startlingly new.
Category: Fiction

Post Celtic Tiger Landscapes In Irish Fiction

Author : Marie Mianowski
ISBN : 9781315387888
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Post Celtic Tiger Landscapes in Irish Fiction discusses the representations of place and landscape in Irish fiction since 2008. It includes novels and short stories by William Trevor, Dermot Bolger, Anne Enright, Donal Ryan, Claire Kilroy, Kevin Barry, Gerard Donovan, Danielle McLaughlin, Trisha McKinney, Billy O’Callaghan and Colum McCann. In the light of writings by geographers, anthropologists and philosophers such as Doreen Massey, Tim Ingold, Giorgio Agamben and Jeff Malpas, this book looks at the metamorphoses of place and landscape representations in fiction by confirmed or debut authors, in the aftermath of a crisis with deep economic as well as cultural consequences for Irish society. It shows what place and landscape representations reveal of the past, while discussing the way notions such as boundedness, openness and emergence can contribute to thinking out space and place and designing future landscapes.
Category: Literary Criticism

Hidden Topographies

Author : Raphael Zähringer
ISBN : 9783110535853
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book examines dystopian fiction’s recent paradigm shift towards urban dystopias. It links the dystopian tradition with the literary history of the novel, spatio-philosophical concepts against the backdrop of the spatial turn, and systems-theory. Five dystopian novels are discussed in great detail: China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station (2000) and The City & The City (2009), City of Bohane (2011) by Kevin Barry, John Berger’s Lilac and Flag (1992), and Divided Kingdom (2005) by Rupert Thomson. The book includes chapters on the literary history of the dystopian tradition, the referential interplay of maps and literature, urban spaces in literature, borders and transgressions, and on systems-theory as a tool for charting dystopian fiction. The result is a detailed overview of how dystopian fiction constantly adapts to – and reflects on – the actual world.
Category: Literary Criticism

The 1659 Surname Census Of Ireland

Author : Michael C. O'Laughlin
ISBN : 0940134896
Genre : Reference
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This works gives every surname and county of location from the census of 1659 in Ireland. Surnames are spelled exactly as they were found on that census. With introductory notes and 17th century spelling examples.
Category: Reference


Author : Kevin Barry
ISBN : 9780385540308
Genre : Fiction
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A searing, surreal novel that blends fantasy and reality—and Beatles fandom—from one of literature’s most striking contemporary voices, author of the international sensation City of Bohane It is 1978, and John Lennon has escaped New York City to try to find the island off the west coast of Ireland he bought eleven years prior. Leaving behind domesticity, his approaching forties, his inability to create, and his memories of his parents, he sets off to calm his unquiet soul in the comfortable silence of isolation. But when he puts himself in the hands of a shape-shifting driver full of Irish charm and dark whimsy, what ensues can only be termed a magical mystery tour. Beatlebone is a tour de force of language and literary imagination that marries the most improbable elements to the most striking effect. It is a book that only Kevin Barry would attempt, let alone succeed in pulling off—a Hibernian high wire act of courage, nerve, and great beauty. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Fiction

Dark Lies The Island

Author : Kevin Barry
ISBN : 9780224090582
Genre : Short stories
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Winner of the Sunday Times short story prize Shortlisted for the Edge Hill short story prize A kiss that just won't happen. A disco at the end of the world. A teenage goth on a terror mission. And OAP kiddie-snatchers, and scouse real-ale enthusiasts, and occult weirdness in the backwoods... Dark Lies the Island is a collection of unpredictable stories about love and cruelty, crimes, desperation, and hope from the man Irvine Welsh has described as 'the most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years'. Every page is shot through with the riotous humour, sympathy and blistering language that mark Kevin Barry as a pure entertainer and a unique teller of tales.
Category: Short stories

The Tenderloin

Author : John Butler
ISBN : 9781447203926
Genre : Fiction
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‘The Tenderloin bleeds its raw honesty onto every page – it is a truly felt and moving book’ Kevin Barry, author of City of Bohane It’s 1995 and Evan has embarked on an adventure that will change his life – leaving home in Dublin for the rolling hills and fog-swept bays of San Francisco. Between the Internet revolution and the rave culture of this liberal city, young naive Evan is completely clueless about how to succeed. But he’s determined to stumble on, looking for work, looking for love, and – ultimately – looking to define himself. Soon, though, the troubles of his past catch up with him, and everything begins to unravel. ‘Funny, sharp-eyed and deeply atmospheric’ Belinda McKeon, author of Solace ‘A bracingly honest, entertaining and sharply well-observed coming of age story’ Sunday Independent
Category: Fiction

The Dead

Author : Kevin Barry
ISBN : 1859182852
Genre : Performing Arts
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In a letter to his brother in 1906, James Joyce confessed: 'Sometimes thinking of Ireland it seems to me that I have been unnecessarily harsh. I have not been just to its beauty'. One reason for the composition of The Dead in 1907 was to compensate for this injustice and to add a new and quite different conclusion to his collection of short stories, Dubliners. Why Joyce felt compelled to change his view of Ireland, and how his narrative technique evolved to accommodate this change, becomes one of the focal points for this illuminating study. Furthermore, why John Huston felt compelled to adapt The Dead, and how he did so, provides another enlightening context. Although eighty years separate Huston's film from Joyce's text, the presence of Joyce's story can be found earlier in European cinema, in Roberto Rossellini's Voyage in Italy (1953). Kevin Barry here explores the extraordinary relationships between these three works, and the radically different aesthetics of fidelity and infidelity practiced by these exemplary artists of the twentieth century.
Category: Performing Arts

Night Boat To Tangier

Author : Kevin Barry
ISBN : 9780385540322
Genre : Fiction
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One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2019 One of The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2019 One of The New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2019 One of NPR's Best Books of the Year Longlisted for The Booker Prize From the acclaimed author of the international sensations City of Bohane and Beatlebone, a striking and gorgeous new novel of two aging criminals at the tail ends of their damage-filled careers. A superbly melancholic melody of a novel full of beautiful phrases and terrible men. In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen -- Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs -- sit at night, none too patiently. It is October 23, 2018, and they are expecting Maurice's estranged daughter, Dilly, to either arrive on a boat coming from Tangier or depart on one heading there. This nocturnal vigil will initiate an extraordinary journey back in time to excavate their shared history of violence, romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles, rendered with the dark humor and the hardboiled Hibernian lyricism that have made Kevin Barry one of the most striking and admired fiction writers at work today.
Category: Fiction

Annals Of Ilsnear From The Chronicles Of

Author : Kevin Barry
ISBN : 1424149940
Genre : Fiction
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From ancient writings long lost to the world of men, we learn of a time known only as Before the Bow." Revealed within the pages of The Annals of Ilsnear is a world only rumored to exist and the legend of Jonathan. With the discovery of a mystical instrument Jonathan unwittingly finds himself enmeshed in a seemingly hopeless quest to save Ilsnear from an evil lord. With the leadership of an enigmatic gnome and the help of the most unlikely outcasts known to Ilsnear and man, Jonathan is led to an evil that not only threatens his life, but the lives of all who live in the "Fold in the World." Along the way Jonathan learns the true meanings of trust and deception, loyalty and betrayal, greed and sacrifice, life and death, and faith. In the rich traditions of Tolkien and Lewis comes The Book of Light, full of intrigue, peril, creatures both real and imagined, and hope."
Category: Fiction