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“The flow is less Beckett, more Joyce.” Review: Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

A brilliant new addition to Irish fiction's history of experimentation, "Solar Bones" tells the story of a lost soul stranded in his kitchen, looking back over his past life

By Chris Moss   August 2017

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Canongate, £8.99)

Irish fiction has a long history of experimentation. Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones, which won the Goldsmiths Prize and BGE Irish Book of the Year award and is out now in paperback, is a brilliant new addition, telling its intense, forensic first-person story in a single unbroken sentence. From start to finish, no full stops, semi-colons or speech marks are used. Indents do some of their work, but over many pages the prose looks, and sounds, like poetry.

Despite this formal daring, the novel is almost…

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