By Brendan Behan

ISBN-10: 0862780314

ISBN-13: 9780862780319

Brendan Behan's genius was once to ring a bell among critic and customary guy. whilst he died, on the age of forty-one, he used to be arguably the main celebrated Irish author of the 20 th century.

After the Wake is a set of 7 prose works and a sequence of articles. It contains all that exists of an unfinished novel, 'The Caracombs', and items jointly goods whose comedian and fanciful bills evoke Flann O'Brien. additionally featured are works of stated excellence, 'The affirmation Suit' and 'A lady of No Standing'. This writing bears the entire hallmarks of the author's expertise – a capability to carry characters to existence quick and unforgettably, a pointy ear for discussion and dialect, and a average vocation for story-telling.

This various assortment is a pleasant and wonderful providence from one in every of Ireland's so much vibrant writers. an important supplement to Behan's grasp works.

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Unsmiling and unrelenting, Viktor acknowledged as much with a nod. ” Misha-non-penguin asked amiably. “Yakornitsky,” said Viktor, recalling their lengthy, Finnish-vodka-assisted table talk. ” “Right,” said Misha. “And here’s something of interest for you. ” Viktor glanced at the several pages: names he was unfamiliar with, biographical details, dates. Not what he felt like immersing himself in just then. With a nod of thanks he laid them aside. “Ring when you’re ready,” Misha-non-penguin said, handing him his card.

The buildings loomed grey over the pavement. Everyone was in a hurry, as if afraid of finding their block on the verge of collapsing or shedding its balconies – both occurrences being no longer uncommon. It was another five minutes to the sub-Opera labyrinth of bars, shops and cafés. There he had to locate a café with a stage and seating on two levels, and sit at the front of the upper level, looking towards the stage. And yes, order orange juice and a can of beer, the latter to be left unopened.

He couldn’t take it seriously, that call. But his morning acquired, unaided, two profitless hours. He spent a long time shaving, and ironing, for no good reason, a shirt he had no intention of wearing. Towards midday he sallied forth, bought papers, popped into the food store for fish for Misha and for himself, together with a kilo of bananas. Back at the flat he scanned the papers, but they provided no answer to the Chief’s call. However, new names caught his eye, and fetching his notebook, he duly entered them, to work on in the future, only not now.

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