I believe it is safe to say that Flann O'Brien's novels, in particular At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman, had a profound influence upon me and my writing. Therefore, I was thrilled to learn that Dalkey Archive had released further O'Brien fare, a collection of short fiction and the unfinished novel Slattery's Sago Saga, published under the title The Short Fiction of Flann O'Brien (ed. by Neil Murphy and Keith Hopper, with translations by Jack Fennell). Hallmarks of O'Brien's singular wit, his trenchant sociopolitical satire and wildly imaginative metafictional layering abound, comprising a poignant and hilarious "postmodern labyrinth" sure to appeal to both die-hard "Flanneurs" and newcomers alike.
Cigale Literary Magazine has included my review of Mina Loy's Insel (recently re-released by Melville House Books) in the Summer 2014 issue. This "surrealist satire of surrealism" seduces and confounds, luring readers into labyrinths of sublime prose where controversial themes are irreverently explored. A book not to be missed for its importance among the canonical works of modernism.
Publication announcements, bookish items of note and the occasional literary musing.