Memory and Desire

Memory and Desire

by Val Mulkerns

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This new collection brings together a selection of Val Mulkerns’ short fiction from three collections, Antiquities (André Deutsch, 1978), An Idle Woman, (Poolbeg Press, 1980) and A Friend of Don Juan (John Murray, 1988). The stories take us from the cell of a rebel prisoner in 1916 through hard times in Dublin of the 1930s, the changing world of Ireland in the 60s and 70s and finally the eponymous ‘Memory and Desire,‘ a quintessential tale of the 80s.

Irish author Colm Tóibín described the title story as “one of the finest short stories that has been published in Ireland for many years”. Sebastian Barry has described Val Mulkerns as “a masterly writer in the tradition of Seán Ó Faoláin” and Booker Prize winner Anne Enright has said about the collection:  “When writing is this accurate, this good, it does not fade.”

In her Irish Times review of the work, Enright continued:  "it is remarkable how these stories, published between 1978 and 1988, consistently point to things we pretended, in those days, not to know."  The collection, often taking in characters largely ignored by Irish fiction writers, provides a keen and compelling glimpse of Irish society with prose that Sebastian Barry also called, “beautiful stories so composed they border on a very special Mulkernsian wildness.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780993144387
Publisher: Val Mulkerns
Publication date: 05/05/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 182 KB

Table of Contents

Table of Contents 1. Special Category 11 2. The Sisters 47 3. Humane Vitae 59 4. You Must Be Joking 73 5. Lord of the Back Seat 86 6. The Open House 106 7. The Honda Ward 118 8. Summer in London 139 9. A Friend of Don Juan 153 10 . France Is So Phoney 166 11. End of the Line 183 12. Memory and Desire 199

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