Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Midwife to the Fairies New and Selected Stories by Eilis Ni Dhuibhe (2003, 12 short stories)

Eilis Ni Dhuibhne (1954, Dublin) is one of the recognized masters of the contemporary short story.  I have previously posted on two her novels and several of her short stories.  She is a highly regarded academic folklorist and ancient myths often structure her stories.  This is a delightful collection and might be a good place to start reading her.  

There is not a bad story in the collection.  The most famous one is the title story.  The most darkly humorous story was "Fulfillment", about a dog killer.  Her stories flip back and forth in time brilliantly

She deals very much with lives of women, their internal conflicts. 

I have another of her short story collections Inland Ice and will start on it soon.  

Mel u

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