Granta 135: New Irish Writing

by Sigrid Rausing (Editor)

Paperback, 2016





Granta Books (2016), 256 pages


Granta 135 is a snapshot of contemporary Ireland, which shows where one of the world's most distinguished and independent literary traditions is today. Here international stars rub shoulders with a new generation of talent from a country which keeps producing exceptional writers. This issue features Kevin Barry on Cork, "as intimate and homicidal as a little Marseille"; Lucy Caldwell imagining forbidden first love in Belfast; an exclusive extract of Colm Tóibín's next novel, about growing up in the shadow of a famous father; fiction from Emma Donaghue about Victorian Ireland's miraculous fasting girls; and Sara Baume describing the wild allure and threat of the rural landscape. Also featuring fiction from Colin Barrett, John Connell, Mary O'Donoghue, Roddy Doyle, Siobhán Mannion, Belinda McKeon, Sally Rooney, Donal Ryan, and William Wall; poetry from Tara Bergin, Leontia Flynn and Stephen Sexton; photography by Doug DuBois, Stephen Dock and Birte Kaufmann; with original portraits of the authors in their environment by acclaimed street photographer Eamonn Doyle.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member kcshankd
Strong, if stifling, issue. I could have used a more general introduction explaining the various factions in play. The Traveller pieces stood out.
LibraryThing member Opinionated
One of the strongest editions of Granta in recent years. A very interesting set of contributions, and contributors. I am particularly interested in finding out more of the work of Sally Rooney, who's piece "Mr Salary" is particularly intriguing. But its all very good. Only Sara Baume and Mary O'Donoghue's contributions are a little weak… (more)


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