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Dermot Healy Fighting with Shadows and Collected Short Stories

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Dermot Healy Collected Short Stories and Fighting with Shadows

Charlie Byrne’s now has Dermot Healy’s Collected Short Stories as well as his first novel Fighting with Shadows in store. Dermot Healy, who sadly passed away in 2014, was born and grew up in Cavan. Following stints in London and Belfast, Healy settled in Ballyconnell Co. Sligo, where he founded and edited the journal Force 10. His debut collection Misfortune and Other Stories was followed by four novels and an acclaimed memoir, The Bend for Home. Healy also wrote five collections of poetry and thirteen plays. Elected to Aosdána in 1986, he was the recipient of two Hennessy Literary Awards, the Tom-Gallon Award, the Encore Award, and the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award.

Initially published in 1984, Dermot Healy’s stunning first novel, Fighting with Shadows, returns to print after almost thirty years. Largely set in the border village of Fanacross, Co. Fermanagh, as Ireland stumbles clumsily toward modernity, the Allen family negotiate a bitter and troubled terrain. Fighting with Shadows offers extraordinary and poetic glimpses of the compelling lives of ordinary people. The novel’s landscape is of borderlands, of in-between spaces; it tells of violently sundered geographical borders, of maddening religious differences, of the anguished gaps between people as they struggle to find each other, and of how the dead reside among its inhabitants long after they’ve passed. At once realist account and nightmarish magic realist fable, Fighting for Shadows occupies a truly important position in the history of modern Irish fiction.

Like many of the great Irish writers before him, Dermot Healy first announced himself as a writer of intricate and innovative short stories. Healy’s stories are set in small-town Ireland and its rural environs, and in the equally suffocating confines of the Irish expat communities in London. Throughout these works, Healy demonstrates a deep sense of compassion towards the marginalized and the dispossessed, without ever becoming sentimental or cliched. The language is earthy and imagistic by turn, and he continually seeks to extend the formal boundaries of the genre. Gathering all of Healy’s stories together for the first time, this collection includes the long prose-drama Before the Off and Healy’s final short works, Along the Lines and Images.

Dermot Healy’s Fighting with Shadows is available in store for only €16, while his Collected Short Stories is only €15. For more information or to reserve a copy simply contact us.

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