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Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century [Format Kindle]

Michael Connelly , Ian Ross , Fintan O'Toole , Declan Burke , John Connolly , Ruth Dudley Edwards , Kevin McCarthy , Cora Harrison

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This book suggests crime fiction is now the most relevant and valid form of writing which can deal with modern Ireland in terms of the post-‘Troubles’ landscape and post-Celtic Tiger economic boom. The book takes a chapter by chapter approach with each chapter and author discussing a different facet of Irish crime writing for example, Declan Hughes discusses the influence of American culture on Irish crime writing and Tana French reflects on crime fiction and the post-Celtic Tiger Irish identity. This publication is aimed at both the academic and general reader.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 369 pages
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  • Editeur : Liberties Press (15 avril 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A grand introduction to Irish crime fiction. 13 juillet 2011
Par Richard L. Pangburn - Publié sur
This is an anthology edited by Declan Burke, filled with brilliant ideas and surprising points of view, an examination of Irish crime literature by those who now write it, packed with verve and humor that sparkles, a treasure chest of emerald noir.

The book consists of thirty essays (counting Professor Ian Campbell Ross's introductory essay on the history of Irish crime fiction), and it is divided into three parts, Out of the Past, Thieves Like Us, and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye. Some of the essays are really literary short stories, but they all make a point that fits nicely into this volume. Ireland's treasured past is literary, but crime novels bring it into the present, often in a literary way.

There are brief opening notes by editor/novelist Declan Burke himself and by the well known American mystery novelist, Michael Connolly, and at the end of the book there is a long list of Irish crime books, a survey suggested Irish crime reading. You will want to keep a notebook handy for jotting down the names of newly discovered authors.

Some of them I had already discovered. I reviewed Alan Glynn's Winterland and I can't wait to get a look at his newest one, to be published in September.

I also reviewed Eoin McNamee's Resurrection Man. In his essay here, McNamee eloquently explains how he melds his fiction to the actual history he has researched. If you've already read his stunning novel, Orchid Blue, this essay will open your eyes to the uncanny brilliance behind McNamee's art. The case involves a Judge, and McNamee adroitly uses the particular to express the universal:

"What we understand to be noir has the mark of John Calvin on it. The universe is a cold and pre-determined place. Your fate is decided before you set yourself to defraud your employer or catch a faithless eye across a downtown cocktail bar.'

"It is the essence of the noir hero to go among the damned, to relate to them, to be one of the damned himself. He sets himself...against the judge, knowing that the verdict has already been reached."

The question of national Irish identity is taken up by several authors in this volume, and their different answers may surprise you.

Listen to Ingrid Black:

"Being Irish . . .was a collection of less-than-groundbreaking reflections by a hundred people, famous and otherwise, on what it meant to them to be one of God's chosen people. They didn't put it quite like that, of course, but there was no mistaking the assumption underlying a depressingly large proportion of the contributions, namely that being Irish was an awe-inspiring achievement altogether, and that those born under a green star were sensitive, poetic souls with a superhuman capacity for empathetic engagement with the world, intimately connected to history and their native land, thirsting for justice and peace like no race before. . .It made How The Irish Saved Civilization look modest by comparison."

You should read the entire essay and maybe rethink what Irish is and what it isn't. I'm not sure that we are capable of defining a completely true national identity. Perhaps in some kind of variation of Godel's Incompleteness Theorem, true identity can only gauged by going outside the system.

But there are many more perspectives in here, different points of view no less incisive and wise. Declan Burke had a good eye for the way this multifaceted book should be organized. It is not past, present, and future exactly, for there is yin in the yang and the borders between the sections are blurred. And that is as it should be.

Award winning novelist Tana French, in an interview here, wisely says that "identity gets created at the crossroads between past and present," and that neither one can be suppressed or denied. And Brian McGilloway has an astute essay in here relating to that, "Walking The Tightrope: The Border In Irish Fiction."

And I think that's the right answer, that our identity--American, Irish, or whatever--lies in the crossroads of then and now. We make our tomorrows out of that identity. Every morning we arise, grateful for yet another opportunity to start things anew. Another day in paradise, no matter where we are.

It is a great day for the Irish. Read this book and you'll see why.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A book mainly of essays and interviews 1 janvier 2015
Par Jungle Jan - Publié sur
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Living across the Atlantic, I want more of a taste of Irish crime fiction than this anthology affords. Although I have been reading Irish crime novels, I want to read short stories as well. I expected as many stories as there are essays and interviews. Instead, the essays and interviews far outnumber the stories. The result is that I am less motivated to read the essays.
1.0 étoiles sur 5 More commentary and criticism than samples of fiction . 10 avril 2015
Par Tadek - Publié sur
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I purchased this book thinking that it would be a sampler collection of various Irish writers operating in the crime fiction genre . Instead, it is overwhelmingly the musings from a number of writers on their opinions and experiences as crime fiction writers . I had felt that this type of book would be a way to explore new authors to to see if I was interested in spending more time with them or more money on them . Instead, the book is a fairly lame example of literary criticism by the authors . There is a lot of commentary, there is precious little traveling down the green streets .

The sheer repetitiveness of the commentary is what dragged me down more than anything . Complaints about the straight jacket that had been Irish crime fiction, exposition of what the author wished to do differently, listings of other authors the writer found informative or groundbreaking, the almost obligatory comments about the inability to write about crime while the IRA was blowing up dozens of people without any recognition that most deaths in the Troubles were caused by Loyalists, Unionists or the Security Forces or what tragic situations caused an armed insurgency against the established government. The former is not a comment on the politics of the situation or an absolution for anyone involved in these things , it is just included as an example of the cookie cutter nature of the commentaries .

If you are intrigued by literary criticism or deconstruction this is a prime book for you . If you are looking for samples and examples of actual fiction then avoid this book .
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