City of Bohane - Kevin Barry

Welcome to the new Irish literature: its capital is the City of Bohane (Graywolf, $15), Kevin Barry’s dystopian vision of a town in the West of Ireland. This decrepit and malevolent metropolis is ruled by gangs, and its streets are full of people doing whatever they can just to survive. At the center of the book is the gang leader who is ready to step down, and the power struggle such a transition precipitates. Bohane’s language and street slang might give you pause, but Barry’s novel is more than worth the effort. Barry himself calls this book a “weird kind of Neo-Western”: a tale intended for entertainment, with a cast of colorful characters wearing elaborate (and meticulously described) costumes. This melancholic yet funny novel will both challenge and amaze you.
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ISBN: 9781555976453
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 4th, 2013