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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; Le 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.


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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; Le 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.

30 review for The Vintage Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    This is a fantastic collection with a very readable and excellent introduction by Dermot Bolger, himself one of Ireland's literary luminaries. There are complete short stories and excerpts from longer works, and styles and subject matter to suit the most varied of tastes. As one might expect from an Irish anthology, there is a strong element of the macabre and deathly, but that doesn't keep a good bit of humor from entering here and there. Some of the most memorable stories are also the most hor This is a fantastic collection with a very readable and excellent introduction by Dermot Bolger, himself one of Ireland's literary luminaries. There are complete short stories and excerpts from longer works, and styles and subject matter to suit the most varied of tastes. As one might expect from an Irish anthology, there is a strong element of the macabre and deathly, but that doesn't keep a good bit of humor from entering here and there. Some of the most memorable stories are also the most horrific (Maeve Kelly's "Orange Horses" and Colum McCann's "Through The Fields", to name two), but there are many moments of strange and enduring beauty and humanity throughout, particularly in Shane Connaughton's "Ojus" and Michael O'Loughlin's "A Rock and Roll Death". Read it and pick your own favorites.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    some really intensely great stories herein - both from authors you know and have heard of and those you've never heard of, but should, because they are amazing writers! - I loved this collection! - thanks to son Alex for turning me on to it. some really intensely great stories herein - both from authors you know and have heard of and those you've never heard of, but should, because they are amazing writers! - I loved this collection! - thanks to son Alex for turning me on to it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    I read a somewhat older version of this anthology by Picador Press. Some good excerpts and shorts. It got me to read a few of the writers. Apparently free secondary education does make for more writers, and a few good ones.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maryam Talakoob

    fresh, drole, interesting, great language and a huge selection of writers who are insanely amazing at making up stories. One of the strongest point of this antology is the strength of these stories. That is to say, one reads the first line and gets rivited to what comes in the next paragraph...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Estelle

    I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/13956555 I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/13956555

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jen Kautt

    Beautiful, heartbreaking, and sometimes even hopeful.

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