The Starved Lover Sings

The Starved Lover Sings

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How much can one land take?
How much can one man take?
What if the rains kept coming?
What if the huge waves kept crashing in? What if the plates kept shifting and volcanoes kept up their choking spew? What if neighbouring nations became more antagonistic and the rest of the world began to forget you?
It's the not-too-distant-future and a certain Asian country is in physical and moral tatters. What was once a polite society has become fouled and corrupted. Part-time referee and full-time PE teacher, Tombo, stands in the middle of all this, trying to find fairness and balance in his own life, as things continue to crumble around him. Added to his personal miseries - missing-presumed-dead daughter, eerily silent wife, unrequited lusts - comes the unwanted, unwarranted attention of two, mean-spirited, wrathful adolescent girls, who have decided that he is to be their "chosen one".
Can this harangued Everyman battle against the forces that envelop him, or will he too fall to the whims of the new dystopia?
In this pulsing, provocative, visionary work, O'Sullivan couples his usual lyrical fervour with a philosophical acuity to present before us a trembling world that may not be too far away...
As well as being an absurd existential novel it is also a political satire, and a cautionary tale about what may lay ahead, therefore a novel very much for our times. "Colin O'Sullivan's writing is an antic, mordant and perverse plunge into strange and unnerving worlds." Colin Barrett
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Product details

  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15mm | 345g
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0993433154
  • 9780993433153

About Colin O'Sullivan

Colin O'Sullivan lives in the north of Japan with his family and works as an English teacher.
His short fiction and poetry have been published in various print and online anthologies and magazines, including A Living Word (anthology of Irish writers), Staple New Writing, The Stinging Fly, These are Our Lives and Cork Literary Review.
Colin O'Sullivan's first novel, Killarney Blues, captivated critics and readers alike and has been translated into French. "Colin O'Sullivan writes with a style and a swagger all his own. His voice - unique, strong, startlingly expressive - both comes from and adds to Ireland's long and lovely literary lineage. Like many of that island's sons and daughters, O'Sullivan sends language out on a gleeful spree, exuberant, defiant, ever-ready for a party. Only a soul of stone could resist joining in." -Niall Griffiths, author of A Great Big Shining Star
"His words swagger with purpose, never meandering too long on a scene, always moving the story forward, even when it goes back in time, like a faded photograph coming into view. Lyrical to a point, one word flowing to the next, hardly stopping."
"Marvellous novel, endearing, moving, fascinating. I adored it. O'Sullivan is a real writing talent." -Jean-Paul Gratias, literary translator
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