City of Bohane (eBook)

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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.

About the Author

Kevin Barry’s short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. City of Bohane was short-listed for the Irish Novel of the Year and the Costa First Novel awards, and won the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award. He lives in County Sligo in Ireland.

Praise for City of Bohane…

“The best novel to come out of Ireland since Ulysses.” —Irvine Welsh

“A grizzled piece of futuristic Irish noir with strong ties to the classic gang epics of yore . . . Virtuosic.” —The New Yorker

“I found Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane a thrilling and memorable first novel.” —Kazuo Ishiguro, from the Man Booker Prize interview
“As you prowl the streets of Bohane with Barry’s motley assortment of thugs and criminal masterminds, you will find yourself drawn into their world and increasingly sympathetic to their assorted aims and dreams.” —The Boston Globe

“The real star here is Barry’s language, the music of it. Every page sings with evocative dialogue, deft character sketches, impossibly perfect descriptions of the physical world.” —The Millions
“Splendidly drawn . . . Strikingly creative.” —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Grade: A

Product Details ISBN-13: 9781555970437
Published: Graywolf Press, 03/13/2012
Language: en

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