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Yeats is Dead!: A Novel by Fifteen Irish Writers
Synopses & Reviews
“I think he was dead before I shot him.”
With these auspicious words begins a murder mystery so utterly unlike any other that it took fifteen of Ireland’s finest writers (working well below their peak) to bring it to its unlikely conclusion. The plot involves a mad search for the only manuscript of an unpublished novel by James Joyce, and features a stellar cast—including a sadistic sergeant with the unlikely name of Andy Andrews and the unforgettable mob boss Mrs. Bloom, a woman “who had tried everything but drew the line at honesty.” Raucous, raunchy, gratuitously violent and completely hilarious, Yeats Is Dead! is a diabolically entertaining mulligan stew of a novel. James Joyce would be proud.
From the eBook edition.
"A high-spirited, screwball mystery." Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls
"Outrageous humor...absurdist sex...a roller-coaster ride." Michael Pakenham, Baltimore Sun
"Some of Ireland's best writers have created a raucous tale with delicious twists and turns." Dylan Foley, Irish Echo
"Despite the playful inaccuracy of its title — Yeats will never die — this is a splendid venture, full of wit and high spirits. A great romp of a read." John Banville, author of Eclipse
Fifteen Irish writers have each contributed a chapter to this sinfully entertaining murder mystery starring some of the most memorable characters in recent fiction. The unique project was developed by Amnesty International to help raise funds for its efforts.
About the Author
Editor JOSEPH O'CONNOR'S debut novel, Cowboys and Indians, was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize. His work has been widely translated and has won many prizes. He lives in Ireland.
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