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."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Graywolf Press
  • Saint Paul, MN, United States
  • English
  • 1555976085
  • 9781555976088
  • 442,115

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"[Barry's] work is hilarious and unpredictable--and always brilliant." --Roddy Doyle "The best novel to come out of Ireland since Ulysses." --Irvine Welsh "What an unforgettably wonderful novel: hilarious, unique, utterly believable. It's Joyce meets Anthony Burgess, and as funny as Flann O'Brien. We Kevin Barry fans have known for a while that he is a writer of rarest gifts, but this book is an electrifying masterpiece." --Joseph O'Connor "Kevin Barry is the real thing, and nothing can stop him." --David Gutersonshow more

About Esq 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 more

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2,310 ratings
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4 36% (841)
3 21% (482)
2 9% (198)
1 3% (75)
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