The Granta Book Of The Irish Short Story | Granta

  • Published: 03/11/2011
  • ISBN: 9781847082558
  • 129x20mm
  • 464 pages

The Granta Book Of The Irish Short Story

Anne Enright

Lyrical, dark, comic or iconoclastic, the Irish short story has always punched well above its weight. Anne Enright has brought together a dazzling collection of Irish stories by authors born in the twentieth century – from Mary Lavin and Frank O’Connor to Claire Keegan and Kevin Barry. With a pithy and passionate introduction by Enright, The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story traces this great tradition through decades of social change and shows the pleasure Irish writers continue to take in the short-story form. Deft and often devastating, the short story dodges the rolling mythologies of of Irish life to produce truths that are delightful and real.

Also includes stories by: Maeve Brennan, Roddy Doyle, Mary Lavin, Colum McCann, William Trevor, John McGahern, Colm Tóibín, Claire Keegan and Kevin Barry.

Enright has assembled a collection notable for its emotional range, its openness to many voices (not all lonely) and its willingness to reflect current realities. There is no conclusive formula linking such disparate narratives, no slick exploitation of Irishness, but rather a rich interplay of themes that capture a world in transition

Declan Kiberd, Irish Times

A rich and absorbing volume, an evocation of life in Ireland which, at its finest, produces brilliantly skewering fragments written to pierce as well as gleam ... Enright's choice is a shrewd one, succeeding in typifying each writer whilst expressing their uniqueness

Tom Adair, Scotland on Sunday

A book that intoxicates you with the sheer scope and potency of the short story form

Daragh Reddin, Metro

The Author

Anne Enright has published essays, short stories, a non-fiction book about motherhood entitled Making Babies and four novels including The Gathering, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She lives in Dublin.

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