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The Picador Book Of Contemporary Irish Fiction

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Hardcover, 560 pages
Published December 17th 1998 by MacMillan
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Just the cover alone of my edition is worth the price of admission, as it features Eve Arnold's photo of Marilyn reading "Ulysses":


So. How to review an anthology of this scope, without simply parroting a list of its contents? I suppose by considering how well it meets its objective. When the book was published, in 1992, Dermot Bolger's aim as editor was "to reflect the cutting (changing) edge of contemporary Irish literature, focusing purely on fiction published in the previous quarter
This is a superb collection of Irish writing. The editing and introduction by Dermot Bolger are particularly well done and help to make sense of the book as a representation of 20th century works. It is hard to use the word "enjoy" to discuss some of the dark bits of these stories and selections, but they are good reads. Of particular note are Bridget O'Connor's child character hiding from the school authorities while her mother keeps her home from school in "Postcards." There is also Bryan MacM ...more
Read Eilis Ni Dhuibhne's "Blood and Water". It's a sad one. And a frustrating one.
Also read Joseph O'Connor's "Mothers were all the same". Reuful one. Confusing one.
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Dermot Bolger is an Irish novelist, playwright and poet born in Finglas, a suburb of Dublin.

His work is often concerned with the articulation of the experiences of working-class characters who, for various reasons, feel alienated from society. Bolger questions the relevance of traditional nationalist concepts of Irishness, arguing for a more plural and inclusive society.

In the late 1970s Bolger se
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