Tara McEvoy considers joy and formal constraint in Alice Lyons' 'extraordinary' debut novel.
Tara McEvoy Criticism 23rd July 2020
Emily S. Cooper finds a quiet beauty in Kathryn Scanlan's spare, unflinching stories.
Emily S. Cooper Criticism 30th June 2020
Adania Shibli's third novel, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette, considers the implications of historiography under occupation.
Sarah Jilani Criticism 11th June 2020
Golnoosh Nour's short story collection is an 'inescapably political' exploration of queerness and national identity.
Fran Lock Criticism 26th May 2020
Caleb Klaces' experimental blend of poetry and prose describes the state of new fatherhood with a radical note of tenderness.
Xenobe Purvis Criticism 27th April 2020
Lars Iyer's latest philosophical novel is a “paean to those languorous summer afternoons, on the cusp of adulthood, when time stretches to eternity.”
Andrew Gallix Criticism 9th April 2020
Oisín Fagan's first novel is at once shocking, sad and wise; a book which looks boldly at the mysteries of life, and leaves them beautifully intact
David O'Connor Criticism 19th March 2020
Anne Enright's seventh novel is 'an intricate portrait of the artist as a woman, and an incisive commentary on her "role" in the early Irish republic.'
Dr Dawn Miranda Sherratt-Bado Criticism 20th February 2020
Speaking from the epicentre of destruction of a civilisation, Walter Benjamin's essays express a deep concern for the state of literature and society.
Philip Ó Ceallaigh Criticism 27th January 2020
Caelainn Hogan’s new book documents the 'shame-industrial complex' of mother-and-baby homes and Magdalene laundries, a system that reached into every nook and cranny of Irish society.
Carol Ballantine Criticism 16th December 2019
Ben Lerner's third novel goes back to the 1990s to search for the roots of contemporary crises in language and masculinity.
John Patrick McHugh Criticism 2nd December 2019
Stephen Sexton's debut collection is 'a beautiful, vital, generous work of art.'
Lily Ní Dhomhnaill Criticism 29th October 2019
Michel Houellebecq's latest novel once again explores his classic themes of depression, desolation, and decay in contemporary Europe.
Rob Doyle Criticism 21st October 2019
Anne Boyer's writing is a reckoning with the facts of a body, an inquiry into a situation we spend our lives trying to avoid.
Sinéad Gleeson Criticism 8th October 2019
Lucy Sweeney Byrne's debut collection is, at its core, a book of squandered yearning.
Emily S. Cooper Criticism 30th September 2019
The first collection of Maxim Osipov's stories to appear in English sparks with acerbic insight into the daily challenge of being an ordinary person.
Philip Ó Ceallaigh Criticism 4th September 2019
The stories collected in this new anthology, edited by Lucy Caldwell, reveal a new grammar in Irish fiction.
Luke Warde Criticism 27th August 2019
The particular promises and contradictions of the Berlin art-world are examined in Elvia Wilk's dystopian, and yet all-too-relatable, debut novel.
Rebecca O'Dwyer Criticism 15th August 2019
Drawing on a diary found at an estate auction, Kathryn Scanlan's debut is a beguiling, hybrid book; part diary, part poem, part potent collage.
Xenobe Purvis Criticism 1st August 2019
War, death, and the act of witnessing – the world in Ilya Kaminsky's second collection is anything but silent.
Dimitra Xidous Criticism 2nd July 2019
Skilfully-drawn characters and complex emotional detail bump up against formal experimentation in Adrian Duncan's debut novel.
Seán Hewitt Criticism 18th June 2019
A self without a portrait; a portrait without a self: Kevin Breathnach’s innovative debut collection of essays hesitates between the two.
Andrew Gallix Criticism 27th May 2019
Yu Miri's subtle novel about a man who haunts a Tokyo park is a deft and insightful look at the character and contradictions of modern Japan.
Clara Kumagai Criticism 8th May 2019
Gerald Murnane's obsessive and idiosyncratic novels have, for almost fifty years, documented 'a literary mind calmly tracing its involutions towards their creative and spiritual source.'
Rob Doyle Criticism 24th April 2019
Rachael Allen's forceful debut collection pushes open the cracks in the structures which govern our lives, and interrogates the very mechanisms of marginalisation.
Helen Charman Criticism 9th April 2019
A posthumous collection of Lucia Berlin's unpublished stories constitutes a curious and exciting middle-ground between fiction and autobiography.
Orla McGinnity Criticism 26th March 2019
Annie Ernaux's memoir is a 'truly remarkable, deep-reaching reflection' that places the 'lonely, frightened, essential, determined journeys of individual women at the heart of literature.'
Evelyn Conlon Criticism 19th March 2019
Carla Maliandi's debut novel cloaks a story of emigration, persecution, and buried history in a surreal and slightly absurd atmosphere.
Catherine Gaffney Criticism 13th February 2019
Jenny Hval’s debut novel presents a nuanced account of a young woman’s sexual awakening during an academic exchange.
Lauren Sarazen Criticism 22nd January 2019
Alice Bolin's debut collection examines the American obsession with dead girls, looking for the truth about their killers, and their self-proclaimed saviours.
Roisin Kiberd Criticism 19th November 2018