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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…

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