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Kevin Barry - Author

About the Author

Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Beatlebone and City of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. His stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter, and he lives in County Sligo, Ireland.

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That Old Country Music

That Old Country Music

Author: Kevin Barry Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

'One of the best collections you'll read this year' Sunday Times 'Wild, witty stories . . . Exhilarating' Observer Since his landmark debut collection, There Are Little Kingdoms, and its award-winning sequel in 2012, Dark Lies the Island, Kevin Barry has been acclaimed as one of the world's most accomplished and gifted short story writers. Barry's lyric intensity, the vitality of his comedy and the darkness of his vision recall the work of masters of the genre like Flannery O'Connor and William Trevor, but he has forged a style which is patently his own. In this rapturous third collection, we encounter a ragbag of west of Ireland characters, many on the cusp between love and catastrophe, heartbreak and epiphany, resignation and hope. These stories show an Ireland in a condition of great flux but also as a place where older rhythms, and an older magic, somehow persist.

Night Boat to Tangier

Night Boat to Tangier

Author: Kevin Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE IRISH TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR NOVEL OF THE YEAR AT THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS, THE DALKEY LITERARY AWARDS AND THE KERRY GROUP AWARDS A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, NEW STATESMAN, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, BIG ISSUE, i, THE ATLANTIC and LITERARY HUB 'A true wonder' Max Porter 'Beautifully written' Guardian It's late one night at the Spanish port of Algeciras and two fading Irish gangsters are waiting on the boat from Tangier. A lover has been lost, a daughter has gone missing, their world has come asunder - can it be put together again?

Bardlore / This is Bardcore

Bardlore / This is Bardcore

Author: Kevin Barry, Sean Lynch, Daly & Lyon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2019

Night Boat to Tangier

Night Boat to Tangier

Author: Kevin Barry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2019

Traces of Peter Rice

Traces of Peter Rice

Author: Kevin Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2017

There Are Little Kingdoms

There Are Little Kingdoms

Author: Kevin Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

This award-winning story collection summons all the laughter, darkness and intensity of contemporary Irish life. A pair of fast girls court trouble as they cool their heels on a slow night in a small town. Lonesome hillwalkers take to the high reaches in pursuit of a saving embrace. A bewildered man steps off a country bus in search of his identity - and a stiff drink. These stories, filled with a grand sense of life's absurdity, form a remarkably surefooted collection that reads like a modern-day Dubliners.

Beatlebone

Beatlebone

Author: Kevin Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2016

John Lennon va comprar una illa a Irlanda. Aquesta es la historia del fascinant viatge que va fer deu anys despres per trobar l'illa, pero sobretot per trobar-se a si mateix. Fugint de la premsa, Lennon intenta asserenar l'esperit i superar aix els fantasmes que el persegueixen i li bloquegen la creativitat. Per aconseguir-ho, un conductor irlands d'all ms peculiar li far de guia espiritual improvisat. Desprs de Ciutat de Bohane, Beatlebone (obra guanyadora del Premi Goldsmith 2015) s la segona incursi de Kevin Barry en el camp de la novella, amb resultats igualment extraordinaris. Amb un domini sublim del llenguatge i dels personatges, Barry ens ensenya el Lennon ms autntic, el de l'humor canviant i l'nim atribolat, i ens submergeix en l'exploraci del passat propi, els orgens, el que hem fet i el que hem deixat per fer.

Beatlebone

Beatlebone

Author: Kevin Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2016

John Lennon compro una isla en Irlanda. Esta es la historia del fascinante viaje que hizo diez anos despues para encontrar la isla, pero sobre todo para encontrarse a si mismo. Huyendo de la prensa, Lennon intenta calmar el espritu y superar as los fantasmas que lo persiguen y le bloquean la creatividad. Para lograr esto, un conductor irlands de lo ms peculiar le har de gua espiritual improvisado. Despus de Ciudad de Bohane, Beatlebone (obra ganadora del Premio Goldsmith 2015) es la segunda incursin de Kevin Barry en el campo de la novela, con resultados igualmente extraordinarios. Con un dominio sublime del lenguaje y de los personajes, Barry nos muestra al Lennon ms autntico, el de humor cambiante y el nimo atribulado, y nos sumerge en la exploracin del pasado propio, los orgenes, lo que hemos hecho y lo que hemos dejado por hacer.

Beatlebone

Beatlebone

Author: Kevin Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2016

WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS John is so many miles from love now and home. This is the story of his strangest trip. A novel of family, ghosts, love, music and the quest for truth, Beatlebone recounts a wild journey through the west of Ireland in 1978. At its helm is John, a maddened genius fleeing fame and seeking peace. With his deadpan Irish driver, Cornelius, at his side, John is hellbent on reaching the Island of Dorinish, an assignment he arranged ten years before. Lyrical, freewheeling, quixotic and fun, Beatlebone is a sad and beautiful comedy.

Beatlebone

Beatlebone

Author: Kevin Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2015

A searing novel that blends truth and fiction--and Beatles fandom--from one of literature's most striking contemporary voices, author of the international sensation City of Bohane.It is 1978, and John Lennon has escaped New York City to try to find the island off the west coast of Ireland he bought nine years prior. Leaving behind domesticity, his approaching forties, his inability to create, and his memories of his parents, he sets off to find calm in the comfortable silence of isolation. But when he puts himself in the hands of a shape-shifting driver full of Irish charm and dark whimsy, what ensues can only be termed a magical mystery tour. Based on fact--Lennon really did own an island in Ireland; and he truly did spend time there in the months just before his untimely death--this is a story such as only an extraordinary Irish writer could tell.

Beatlebone

Beatlebone

Author: Kevin Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2015

A searing, surreal novel that bleeds fantasy and realityand Beatles fandomfrom one of literatures most striking contemporary voices, author of the international sensation City of BohaneIt is 1978, and John Lennon has escaped New York City to try to find the island off the west coast of Ireland he bought nine years prior. Leaving behind domesticity, his approaching forties, his inability to create, and his memories of his parents, he sets off to find calm in the comfortable silence of isolation. But when he puts himself in the hands of a shape-shifting driver full of Irish charm and dark whimsy, what ensues can only be termed a magical mystery tour.

Ciutat de Bohane

Ciutat de Bohane

Author: Kevin Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

La ciutat de Bohane es la gran protagonista d'aquesta historia. Empestada pel vici, l'ambicio i la corrupcio, es l'escenari de la lluita de bandes que competeixen pel control de la ciutat. Logan Hartnett i els seus l'han dominat durant uns anys de calma, pero hi ha rumors que el seu vell rival, el Gant Broderick, ha tornat i vol reconquerir tant el poder com el cor de la Macu, l'esposa de Hartnett. Els Cusack dels Colls, enemics ancestrals dels Pixavins d'en Hartnett, tambe miraran d'aprofitar aquest probable moment de debilitat. L'adolescent fatal Jenni Ching i el seu enamorat el Llop Stanners o la nonagenaria Nina Hartnett faran tambe els seus moviments per a decidir el desti de la ciutat de Bohane. En la seva primera novel*la, Kevin Barry es mostra com un autor visionari que combina influencies del cinema i la novel*la grafica amb la millor tradicio literaria irlandesa. El llenguatge, que va dels registres literaris als dels baixos fons, la sensacio de perill i, de vegades, l'humor, fan de Ciutat de Bohane una novel*la trepidant, una d'aquelles obres de genere que es transforma en alta literatura.

Dunkle Stadt Bohane

Dunkle Stadt Bohane

Author: Kevin Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2015

Bohane ist ein heimtuckischer, morderischer, intriganter Ort - und verdammt sexy. Eine Stadt voll brutaler Killer und Ganoven. Das Buch erzahlt von einem Bandenfuhrer, dessen Herrschaft zu Ende geht, und ist anders als alles, was Sie zuvor gelesen haben. Ein Buch fur alle, die eine grellbunte, vergnugte Zeit verbringen wollen. Die einst bedeutende Stadt Bohane an der irischen Westkuste liegt darnieder. Es herrschen Gewalt und Chaos, die Clans sind gespalten. Auch wenn noch ein wenig vom alten Glanz geblieben ist, findet das eigentliche Leben in den Slums und verwahrlosten Wohnblocks von Smoketown statt. Scheinbar seit Ewigkeiten steht alles unter der Kontrolle von Logan Hartnett, dem adretten Paten der Hartnett-Fancy-Gang. Aber es liegt Arger in der Luft. Geruchte gehen um, dass Logans Erzfeind Gant Broderick nach funfundzwanzig Jahren zuruck in der Stadt ist, und seine Schergen entwickeln auf einmal ihren ganz eigenen Ehrgeiz. Logans bessere Halfte drangt ihn, alles aufzugeben und sich zuruckzuziehen. Doch da kennt die Missus ihren Langen Lulatsch schlecht.

Ciudad de Bohane

Ciudad de Bohane

Author: Kevin Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 18/01/2015

La Ciudad de Bohane es la gran protagonista de esta historia. Viciada de violencia, avaricia y corrupcion, es el escenario de una guerra de bandas que combaten por el control de la ciudad. Logan Hartnett y su banda la han dominado durante aos de calma, pero hay rumores de que su viejo rival, Gant Broderick, est de vuelta y quiere reconquistar el poder de la ciudad y el corazn de Macu, esposa de Hartnett. Los Cusack de Las Lomas, enemigos ancestrales del Cotarro de Hartnett, tambin intentarn aprovechar este posible momento de debilidad. La adolescente fatal Jenni Ching, su novio Lobato Stanners o la nonagenaria Nena harn tambin sus movimientos para decidir el destino de la Ciudad de Bohane. En su primera novela, Kevin Barry se revela como un autor visionario que ana las influencias del cine y la novela grfica a la mejor tradicin literaria irlandesa. El lenguaje, con el que el autor ha experimentado para crear un dialecto, la sensacin de peligro y, a veces, el humor, hacen de Ciudad de Bohane una novela trepidante, una de esas obras de gnero que se convierte en alta literatura.

Town and Country

Town and Country

Author: Kevin Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Edited by award winning novelist and short story writer Kevin Barry, this volume will once again mix established names with previously unpublished authors, and will seek to offer fresh renditions to the Irish story - new angles, new approaches, new modes of attack. Published in 2011, New Irish Short Stories, edited by Joseph O'Connor, has sold over 10,000 copies to date and featured Kevin Barry's 'Beer Trip to Llandudno' - winner of the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize - as well as stories by William Trevor, Dermot Bolger and Roddy Doyle which went on to be Afternoon Readings on BBC Radio 4.

Dark Lies the Island

Dark Lies the Island

Author: Kevin Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Winner of the Sunday Times short story prize Winner of the Edge Hill short story prize A kiss that just won't happen. A disco at the end of the world. A teenage goth on a terror mission. And OAP kiddie-snatchers, and scouse real-ale enthusiasts, and occult weirdness in the backwoods... Dark Lies the Island is a collection of unpredictable stories about love and cruelty, crimes, desperation, and hope from the man Irvine Welsh has described as 'the most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years'. Every page is shot through with the riotous humour, sympathy and blistering language that mark Kevin Barry as a pure entertainer and a unique teller of tales.

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