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The Vintage Book of Contemporary Irish Fictionby Dermot Bolger
Synopses & Reviews
This dazzling anthology, edited and introduced by Dermot Bolger, is a splendidly comprehensive and up-to-the-minute collection of the finest recent fiction from a nation of master storytellers. This collection of astonishing breadth reveals a literature of genuine global stature, as ancient as the Irish Sea.
Contributors and stories include: John Banville, from Mefisto; Leland Bardwell, "The Hairdresser"; Sebastian Barry, from The Engine of Owl-Light; Mary Beckett, "Heaven"; Samuel Beckett, "For to End Yet Again"; Sara Berkeley, "The Sky's Gone Out"; Dermot Bolger, "The Journey Home"; Claire Boylan, "Villa Marta"; Shane Connaughton, "Ojus"; Mary Dorcey, "The Husband"; Roddy Doyle, from The Snapper; Anne Enright, "Men and Angels"; Hugo Hamilton, from Surrogate City; Dermot Healy, "The Death of Matti Bonner"; Aidan Higgins, from Balcony of Europe; Desmond Hogan, from A Curious Street; Jennifer Johnston, from The Christmas Tree; Neil Jordan, "Last Rights"; Molly Kean, Patrick McCabe, from The Butcher Boy; Brian Moore, "The Sight"; Edna O'Brien, "What a Sky"; William Trevor, "The Ballroom of Romance"; Val Mulkerns, "Memory and Desire"; Robert McLiam Wilson, from Ripley Bogle, and many more.
Table of Contents
Introduction — Part One: For to end yet again / Samuel Beckett — Part Two: The man-keeper / Tom Mac Intyre — The talking trees / Sean O'Faolain — from The killeen / Mary Leland — from A curious street / Desmond Hogan — from Black list, section H / Francis Stuart — from The Christmas tree / Jennifer Johnston — Part Three: High ground / John McGahern — Postcards / Bridget O'Connor — A woman's hair / Bryan MacMahon — from Balcony of Europe / Aidan Higgins — Happiness / Mary Lavin — Blood and water / âEilâis Nâi Dhuibhne — Ojus / Shane Connaughton — from The butcher boy / Patrick McCabe — Villa Marta / Clare Boylan — from Burning your own / Glenn Patterson — Cancer / Eugene McCabe — Part Four: The ballroom of romance / William Trevor — from Good behaviour / Molly Keane — Last rites / Neil Jordan — Between two shores / Bernard MacLaverty — Heaven / Mary Beckett — Memory and desire / Val Mulkerns — The husband / Mary Dorcey — What a sky / Edna O'Brien — Part Five: from The snapper / Roddy Doyle — Oranges from Spain / David Park — If angels had wings / Eoin McNamee — from Proxopera / Benedict Kiely — Orange horses / Maeve Kelly — from The journey home / Dermot Bolger — from The heather blazing / Colm Tâoibâin — Mothers were all the same / Joseph O'Connor — The sky's gone out / Sara Berkeley — from Ripley bogle / Robert McLiam Wilson — from Surrogate City / Hugo Hamilton — A rock-'n'-roll death / Michael O'Loughlin — from Remembering light and stone / Deirdre Madden — from The engine of owl-light / Sebastian Barry — The sight / Brian Moore --Incident on the El Camino Real / Aidan Mathews — Part Six: Men and angels / Anne Enright — Counterpoints / Gerardine Meaney — The hairdresser / Leland Bardwell — from Mefisto / John Banville — Part Seven: The death of Matti Bonner / Dermot Healy — Absent children / John MacKenna — Divided attention / Mary Morrissy — Through the field / Colum McCann.
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