Sinéad Gleeson The Art of the Glimpse


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An anthology of the very best Irish short stories, selected by Sinead Gleeson, author of Constellations, winner of the Irish Book Award Non Fiction Book of the Year 2019.
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Author: Sinead Gleeson

Date Published: 01-Oct-2020

There have been many anthologies of the short story as it developed in Ireland, but never a collection like this. The Art of the Glimpse is a radical revision of the canon of the Irish story, uniting classic works with neglected writers and marginalised voices - women, LGBT writers, Traveller folk-tales, neglected 19th-century authors and the first wave of 'new Irish' writers from all over the world now making a life in Ireland. Sinéad Gleeson brings together stories that range from the most sublime realism to the downright bizarre and transgressive, some from established literary figures and some that have not yet been published in book form. The collection draws on a tremendous spectrum of experience: the story of a prank come good by Bram Stoker; Sally Rooney on the love languages of the new generation; Donal Ryan on the pains of ageing; Edna O'Brien on the things we betray for love; James Joyce on a young woman torn between the familiar burdens and oppression of her home and the dangerous lure of romance and escape; and the internal monologue of a woman in a coma by Marian Keyes. Here too are vivid and less familiar stories by Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Oein De Bhardúin, Blindboy Boatclub and Melatu Uche Okorie. Sinéad Gleeson's anthology is a marvellous representation of a rich literary tradition renewing itself in the 21st century.

About the Author
Sinead Gleeson's debut essay collection Constellations: Reflections from Life (Picador) won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at 2019 Irish Book Awards and in 2020 was shortlisted for the Dalkey Literary Award, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Michel Deon Prize. Her short stories have featured in several anthologies including Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2019) and Repeal the 8th. She has edited the award-winning anthologies The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland, and is currently working on a novel.
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'What makes this different from other anthologies is that Sinead is attempting to expand the canon of the Irish short story, it's full of marginalised and forgotten voices, women, LGBT writers, forgotten 19th-century voices' Clare Byrne, RTE Radio.
'The Art of the Glimpse will deservedly be under many a Christmas tree this December' Irish Independent.
'[A] comprehensive collection, giving voice to the forgotten or overlooked alongside the famous and familiar ... Brilliant' Daily Mail.
'Gleeson radically reimagines the canon of the Irish short story, from the classic and familiar to the urgent and contemporary, bringing historically marginalised stories from LGBTQ+ community, women, travellers, and Black writers to the forefront ... Here, she curates an ambitious, joyous representation of the beloved traditional form' Dazed.
'From famous names to forgotten voices, a gloriously varied collection revitalises the Irish Canon ... There's a story of every mood and shade of weather in this vast collection ... That's the impressive thing about this comprehensive collection: there's poison and antidote, with abject hopelessness tempered by hope' Guardian.
'Sinead Gleeson's latest anthology is a call for the realignment of the Irish literary canon as she presents her vision of new and established voices sitting comfortably side by side ... This collection is an important example of the ease through which the voices of women, BIPOC, and LGBT communities can be integrated into the Irish story which has so often been dominated by male narratives ... The sheer variety of the styles and genres included in this anthology ensure it caters to many different tastes and readers will return to many of the stories again and again. The Art of the Glimpse is certainly one book to add to your Christmas wish-list'RTE.

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