Set in England and Ireland, and mostly written in a time before smartphones and iPads, Alannah Hopkin’s stories are off-beat and charmingly eccentric. Read the full review online at RTE.
A PERFECT DISHARMONY – Sébastien Brebel The paradox embedded in the title captures the existential mood of these 13 stories, in which characters remain largely anonymous and situations full of angst. French novelist Brebel’s book comes in at just about Read on! →
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With the publication of Healy’s collected plays in the ambitious Dalkey Press project edited by Keith Hopper and Neil Murphy, we can see that throughout his thirteen plays, which date from 1985 to 2010, Healy was a restless experimenter with Read on! →
The eight short-yet-powerful stories that make up this collection reveal an intriguing new voice in translated fiction, in general, and speculative fiction, in particular. Each piece is unnerving in its own unique way, whether it deals with a lonely colony Read on! →
“Presented in short chapters — scenes, reflection, episodes — How to Tie Your Shoes forms a solid portrait of father, son, and their relationship, even as it only occasionally delves deeper into specific events. But the lasting pain of the father’s abandonment Read on! →
“The heavyweight of Formalism may have had initial doubts about where he stood in the fight between the old and the new, but having accepted the Russian Revolution, he concentrated on working towards its goals. The Hamburg Score, a collection of essays originally published in 1928, is Read on! →
“This story is, of course, a love story but one that cleverly intertwines with that love affair the idea of art and what it is, and the idea of a city, a city unknown to all too many people and Read on! →
“…with some [of the stories] dating back to the early 1980s. It’s a succinct complication, at 139 pages, and as well as evoking a vivid sense of isolated and sequestered lives across Ireland and the UK, it suggests too a Read on! →
“The novel raises questions on every page, questions of race and gender and sexuality and propriety. It moves quickly, and it’s very well written, but under all that pressure and heat there seems to be something of a shrug. Maybe Read on! →