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Solar Bones

By Mike McCormack

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Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Published In: United States, 12 September 2017
-On All Souls Day, the late Marcus Conway returns home. Solar Bones captures in a single relentless sentence the life and death of this rural Irish engineer, and his place in the globally interconnected 21st century. The book takes in local municipal failures and global financial collapse, the quotidian pleasures of family, ancient history and the latest headlines, the living and the dead. A vital, tender, acerbic, warm, and death-haunted work one of Ireland's most important contemporary novelists, Solar Bones builds its own style and language one broken line at a time. The result is visionary accounting of the now---

About the Author

Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from County Mayo in Ireland. His previous work includes Forensic Songs; Notes from a Coma, which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award; Crowe's Requiem, and Getting It in the Head, which was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in Galway.

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Praise for Solar Bones Winner of the Goldsmiths PrizeWinner of the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year An Irish Times Book Club Choice "With stylistic gusto, and in rare, spare, precise and poetic prose, Mike McCormack gets to the music of what is happening all around us. One of the best novels of the year." --Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic "Excellence is always rare and often unexpected: we don't necessarily expect masterpieces even from the great. Mike McCormack's Solar Bones is exceptional indeed: an extraordinary novel by a writer not yet famous but surely destined to be acclaimed by anyone who believes that the novel is not dead and that novelists are not merely lit-fest fodder for the metropolitan middle classes." --The Guardian "Hauntingly sad, but also frequently very funny . . . Proust reconfigured by Flann O'Brien." --The Literary Review "As in Don DeLillo's White Noise, it is the numinous, otherworldly qualities of modern life, rather than some fantastical future, that we are concerned with here . . . The work of an author in the full maturity of his talent, Solar Bones climaxes in a passage of savage, Gnostic religiosity: the writing catches fire as we draw near to the void, pass over into death itself, and therein confront the truth that even in a fallen universe, when all distractions tumble away, the only adequate response to our being is astonishment." --The Irish Times "Difficult to put down. This is prose that reads as if it is being thought . . . reduced me to tears."--New Statesman "McCormack is one of our bravest and most innovative writers--he shoots for the stars with this one and does not fall short." --Kevin Barry, author of Beatlebone "A masterpiece."--Blake Morrison, author of And When Did You Last See Your Father? "Exhilarating."--Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies "One of the finest novels I've read in some time. Mike McCormack has long been a powerhouse on the Irish literary map, beloved by readers in the know, but with Solar Bones he has taken things to another level; the rendering of life and death is beautiful, generous and true, the language and its handling is marvelous and new, the reckoning with power and its cruelties is exactly as frank and relentless as such a reckoning needs, now, to be. A pure and genuinely inspired vision; a brilliant mind charging on." --Belinda McKeon, author of Tender "Solar Bones is like nothing I've read, an experimental novel about love, engineering, and contaminated water that hits all three of its targets: heart, head, and guts. This book gushes blood, and McCormick's wondrous feat is to chart its movements with an engineer's precision and a poet's ear. Solar Bones will draw comparisons to Ulysses, and certainly its fluid stream-of-conscious would do Joyce proud, but I was also reminded of another Irish novel, Roddy Doyle's The Committments--or, at least, the soundtrack to its film adaptation--with its heavy concentration of blue-eyed soul. This is a rare and beautiful novel, and one I won't soon forget."--Adam Wilson, author of Flatscreen Praise for Solar Bones Winner of the Goldsmiths PrizeWinner of the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year An Irish Times Book Club Choice -Excellence is always rare and often unexpected: we don't necessarily expect masterpieces even from the great. Mike McCormack's Solar Bones is exceptional indeed: an extraordinary novel by a writer not yet famous but surely destined to be acclaimed by anyone who believes that the novel is not dead and that novelists are not merely lit-fest fodder for the metropolitan middle classes.- --The Guardian -Hauntingly sad, but also frequently very funny . . . Proust reconfigured by Flann O'Brien.- --The Literary Review -As in Don DeLillo's White Noise, it is the numinous, otherworldly qualities of modern life, rather than some fantastical future, that we are concerned with here . . . The work of an author in the full maturity of his talent, Solar Bones climaxes in a passage of savage, Gnostic religiosity: the writing catches fire as we draw near to the void, pass over into death itself, and therein confront the truth that even in a fallen universe, when all distractions tumble away, the only adequate response to our being is astonishment.- --The Irish Times -McCormack is one of our bravest and most innovative writers--he shoots for the stars with this one and does not fall short.- --Kevin Barry, author of Beatlebone

EAN: 9781616958534
ISBN: 1616958537
Publisher: Soho Press
Dimensions: 21.34 x 14.73 x 2.03 centimetres (0.57 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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