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From Out of the City (Irish Literature)

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Dublin, some years from now, and the President of the United States has just been assassinated during a state dinner in his honour. The official account has already taken hold but a hawk-eyed octogenarian named Monk, believing that there's nothing that cannot be known, has a version of his own — a dark and twisted tale of both the watcher and the watched.

"Nothing gets past a man as invisible as me," he says, introducing us to a cast of damaged characters he has kept under the strictest surveillance for years. Chief among them is Schroeder, recently sacked from Trinity College, where he once taught the Presidential daughter, and is now wandering the city streets in a medicated fugue as sinister and violent events begin to take control of his life.

But this, says Monk, is no thriller or invented tale of suspense. It is, he insists, an honest and faithful record of breakage and distress at a time when dysfunction — personal, local, national, global and even cosmic — pervades all. A time when everything is already broken and when, in many ways, the shooting of a pill-popping President is neither here nor there. The only thing that matters, Monk tells us, is the truth. And this is why, stationed high in his attic room with a Stoli in a highball, he does what he does. "There's divinity in it," he says. "And a modicum of love."

Review:

"Kelly's inventive, overwritten tale of double-dealing and moral vacancy unfurls amidst a backdrop of Machieavellian politics in a broken Dublin, 10 years after the Jerusalem War. The President of the United States, a drug-fueled libertine in love with his cockapoo, Elvis, has been shot dead at a dinner in his honor. On a dilapidated street in the town of Dún Laoghaire, we meet a trifecta of pitiable characters whose lives are indirectly upheaved by the aftershock of the assassination. There's our pleonastic, senescent narrator, an isolated voyeur with a surveillance headquarters in his attic, his main target, Schroeder, a former wunderkind turned drunk academic obsessed with the busty TV news reporter Paula Viola; and Walton, a porn-addicted hermit strapped to a wheelchair. This oddball ensemble unfortunately lacks sufficiently developed motivations, which in turn plot the course of this uneven story. The narrator's jarring interventions do the novel a further disservice: 'I appreciate that there are elements of the thriller now creeping into the narrative...' he explains, 'and indeed there will be more heightened scenes soon.' Kelly proves himself as an imaginative storyteller with a keen eye for the absurdly depraved, but the overall result of the novel is scattershot. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781628970005
Author:
Kelly, John
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Subject:
Fiction : Political
Subject:
Metaphysics -- Fiction.
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781628970005 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kelly's inventive, overwritten tale of double-dealing and moral vacancy unfurls amidst a backdrop of Machieavellian politics in a broken Dublin, 10 years after the Jerusalem War. The President of the United States, a drug-fueled libertine in love with his cockapoo, Elvis, has been shot dead at a dinner in his honor. On a dilapidated street in the town of Dún Laoghaire, we meet a trifecta of pitiable characters whose lives are indirectly upheaved by the aftershock of the assassination. There's our pleonastic, senescent narrator, an isolated voyeur with a surveillance headquarters in his attic, his main target, Schroeder, a former wunderkind turned drunk academic obsessed with the busty TV news reporter Paula Viola; and Walton, a porn-addicted hermit strapped to a wheelchair. This oddball ensemble unfortunately lacks sufficiently developed motivations, which in turn plot the course of this uneven story. The narrator's jarring interventions do the novel a further disservice: 'I appreciate that there are elements of the thriller now creeping into the narrative...' he explains, 'and indeed there will be more heightened scenes soon.' Kelly proves himself as an imaginative storyteller with a keen eye for the absurdly depraved, but the overall result of the novel is scattershot. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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