Synopses & Reviews
An Anchor Paperback Original
An intelligent, sophisticated cross-section of Irish short fiction, ideal for casual readers and classrooms alike, that showcases where Irish writers are now, as well as where they are headed.
The contemporary Irish short story, perhaps even more than the novel, provides vital critical clues and guideposts for anyone interested in twentieth-century Irish writing--the Irish, after all, have always been a nation of storytellers, and the current practioners of this ancient tradition are in the process of exploding and rediefining the form.
The Anchor Book of New Irish Writing features a group of writers whose influence is already strongly felt in Irish literature, and who deserve to be better known in American, among them Aidan Matthews and Anne Enright. The stories themselves are beautifully written, well-chosen by the editors, and presented in such a way as to guide readers through the fascinating dramatic, structural, and technical themes explored by contemporary Irish stories. The result is a rich sampling of these writers including the work of more familiar ones-from Elizabetth Bowen to Neil Jordan-a collection that promises to introduce the new classics of Irish literature to a wider audience.
List of contributors:
Ellis Ní Dhuibhne
An intelligent, sophisticated cross-section of Irish short fiction showcases where Irish writers are now, as well as where they are headed.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -356).
About the Author
John Somer is a professor of English at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, and has long been a student of Yeats and Joyce. John Daly is both an Associate Lecturer at Great Britain's Open University and managing editor at C. J. Fallon publishers in Ireland.
Table of Contents
Summer night / Elizabeth Bowen -- Nightwind / John Banville -- The bombs / Desmond Hogan -- Between two shores / Bernard Maclaverty -- Near the bone / Cherry Smyth -- The little Madonna / Clare Boylan -- En famille / Rita Kelly -- Shepherd's bush / Maeve Binchy -- Naming the names / Anne Devlin -- Telling / Evelyn Conlon -- Seven pictures not taken / Emma Donoghue -- The strangest feeling in Bernard's bathroom ; The story of the German parachutist who landed forty-two years late / Aidan Mathews -- What are cicadas ; Men and angels / Anne Enright -- The hands of Dingo Deery / Patrick McCabe --Telescope / Ronan Sheehan -- Persona / John Banville -- The making of a bureaucrat / Michael O'Loughlin -- Lord McDonald / Eamonn Sweeney -- A sense of humour / Mary Dorcey -- The Garden of Eden / âEilâis Nâi Dhuibhne -- The long way home / Joseph O'Connor -- Fishing the sloe-black river ; Cathal's Lake / Colum McCann -- The dream of a beast / Neil Jordan.