That Irish literature is experiencing a vibrant new era is quickly becoming old news. Fresh evidence of this new era is always welcome, however, and Young Irelanders is a worthy Exhibit A.
Reader, have you considered the apocalypse? You know, the end of days, probably by epidemic or solar flare. The cataclysm. The decimation. *The opening of the seven seals.* Lewis Dartnell has.
If the structure of Green Glowing Skull were as carefully crafted as its syntax, it would be a masterpiece.
The Good Story is a series of exchanges between author JM Coetzee and clinical therapist Arabella Kurtz that explores how psychoanalysis understands our need to make stories, write memories and act in groups.
Sara Nović’s first novel, Girl at War, is an MFA novel that reads exactly like an MFA novel.
In Camus’ classic novel The Stranger, eerily disaffected protagonist Meursault shoots an ‘Arab’ on a beach. Now, in his brief and passionate work The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud rewrites the tale from the perspective of the nameless Algerians whose lives were transformed, showing how this archetypal example of disaffected outsider literature might appear to the true outsiders in the story.
Originally banned in Iran, and now translated into seven different languages, Parinoush Saniee’s bestselling The Book of Fate follows protagonist Massoumeh as she struggles to keep afloat through five decades of political and social turmoil in Tehran.
Eggshells expresses a Joycean sense of the ordinary as extraordinary. A memorable debut, this novel is not about knowing, but about never assuming to know.
Emma Hooper’s debut novel opens with a letter from wife to husband: ‘Otto,’ writes Etta, ‘I’ve gone. I’ve never seen the water, so I’ve gone there.’