City of Bohane

City of Bohane

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* Shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Book Award in the First Novel category *"A blazingly original, wildly stylish, and pulpy debut novel"""City of Bohane," the extraordinary first novel by the Irish writer Kevin Barry, is full of marvels. They are all literary marvels, of course: marvels of language, invention, surprise. Savage brutality is here, but so is laughter. And humanity. And the abiding ache of tragedy." --Pete Hamill, "The New York Times Book Review "(front page)Forty or so years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the North Rises, and the eerie bogs of the Big Nothin' that the city really lives. For years it has all been under the control of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there's trouble in the air. They say Hartnett's old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; and his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight.

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  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Graywolf Press
  • Saint Paul, MNUnited States
  • English
  • 1555976085
  • 9781555976088
  • 383,809

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Praise for "City of Bohane: ""In prose that is both dense and flowing, Barry takes us on a roaring journey, among human beings who are trapped in life its own damned self. . . . None of it is real, yet all of it feels true. This powerful, exuberant fiction is as true as the Macondo of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Yoknapatawpha County of William Faulkner and, in a different way, even the Broadway of Damon Runyon. Those places were not real. The stories remain true." --Pete Hamill, "The New York Times Book Review" (front cover)"Roll up Joyce, Dickens, Anthony Burgess and Marty Scorsese, sprinkle with a dash of Terry Gilliam, and smoke up. That's roughly the literary experience to be had from ingesting this marvelously mashed-up creation. . . . Barry's addictive dialect and faultless confidence make this volatile novel a rare treat." --"Kirkus Reviews""" "The best novel to come out of Ireland since Ulysses." --Irvine Welsh "Although Barry has set this bewitching, stylized noir pageant of underworld dynastic upheaval in the grim near-future, it has a timeless air, with spookily beautiful evocations of ancient Irish mythology and an elegiac sense of civilization's attenuation while the old, bred-in-the-bones urges are resurgent." --"Booklist" (starred review)"Barry seems to relish splashing around in the literary mud puddles left behind by language-obsessed writers like Flann O'Brian, Cormac McCarthy, and Irvine Welsh. Meanwhile, an equally passionate love of film (think Quentin Tarantino and Sergio Leone) casts a flickering shadow over Barry's fictional world's pop culture crashes into language, and they are both dressed to the nines." --"Shelf Awareness"""City of Bohane" offers a dystopian vision that is splendidly drawn if not shockingly inventive. . . . [Barry's] descriptions are notably vibrant (a December day is 'as miserable as hell's scullery') and his syntax strikingly creative." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer," Grade: A"This wild-ass ripsnorter, set in Ireland a

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About Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry was born in Limerick in 1969 and now lives in Dublin. His short fiction has appeared widely on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently in "The New Yorker." "City of Bohane "is his first novel.

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