Yeats Is Dead!: A Mystery by 15 Irish Writers

By Joseph O'Connor

Roddy Doyle, Conor McPherson, Gene Kerrigan, Gina Moxley, Marian Keyes, Anthony Cronin, Owen O’Neill, Hugo Hamilton, Joseph O’Connor, Tom Humphries, Pauline McLynn, Charlie O’Neill, Donal O’Kelly, Gerard Stembridge, and Frank McCourt

Fifteen of Ireland’s brightest and such a lot pleasing authors got here jointly to profit Amnesty International–resulting during this raucous, raunchy, and diabolically unique mulligan stew of a singular.

Yeats is Dead! is an tricky secret headquartered round the look for whatever extra helpful and worthy than the rest in Ireland–an unpublished manuscript by way of James Joyce. A madcap chase ensues, spiced with the shenanigans of a outstanding array of characters: a sadistic sergeant with the not likely identify of Andy Andrews; a urinal paddy salesman; and the unforgettable Mrs. Bloom, a girl “who had attempted every little thing yet drew the road at honesty.” Gratuitously violent and entirely hilarious, Yeats is useless! is an out-of-control story of lust and literature that packs vast laughs and a bigger physique count number.

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Blixen, that you simply and your sister have been deeply involved—indeed that you're so concerned now—in a big felony conspiracy. And that the formulation found via the deceased Mr. Reynolds has anything to do together with your unlawful actions. And that you simply comprehend rather well what that formulation capacity. And that you simply plan to proceed your legal profession by way of use or advertising or improvement of comparable. ” “Neither folks has ever even obtained a parking ticket,” she acknowledged. “Neither, madam, did Al Capone. ” “Objection,” known as one of many defence barristers. “Yes,” sighed the pass judgement on. “Lookit, Mr. O’Madden-Burke, this isn't a few variety of . . . stand-up comedy venue. ” Bowing in short to the pass judgement on, the information persevered. “A docket from DHL made out in Mrs. Bloom’s identify used to be present in a garment—I think a ‘blazer’ is the word—belonging to the past due Andrew Andrews. are you able to clarify that to us, Mrs. Blixen? ” “No. ” “I see. ” He smirked. “What a shock. ” “Objection,” acknowledged the defence attorney back. “My Lord, it truly is not often as much as my buyer to provide an explanation for what Superintendent Andrews had in his wallet. ” “Yes,” stated the pass judgement on. “I usually locate unusual issues in my very own wallet. ” The prosecution assistance nodded and peered at his computer. “And what, Mrs. Blixen, have been you sending to Sri Lanka in stipulations of such . . . morbid protection? Holy images, was once it? ” “Novels,” she stated. The barrister flinched. “Novels? ” “Limited variants. Joyce. Flann O’Brien. Beckett. that sort of factor. It’s just a pastime for us really—for myself and Mrs. Bloom. We just . . . we do it for romance, i assume. Love of literature. we now have an outstanding shopper in Sri Lanka. ” The barrister gave a sardonic, Clongowes wooden snigger. “Come, come, Mrs. Blixen. You don’t count on the jury to think that dear couriers and high-class safeguard are required to run a part-time bookselling enterprise? ” “A signed, first-edition reproduction of Ulysses will be worthy some huge cash. Thirty thousand kilos or extra. A senior tips would have to paintings approximately a complete week to manage to pay for one. ” there has been laughter now, behind the court docket. Even the jury individuals have been guffawing. The barrister waited for the entertainment to die down. after which he began to chortle himself, a tender, mocking, sarcastic snigger. “And you, Mrs. Blixen—you and your sister had a duplicate of that to promote, did you? An autographed reproduction of the 1st variation of Ulysses? ” “We had greater than that when. ” “Oh, I see. You had the Holy Grail, i assume. ” “We had even larger. In former instances. ” “Elucidate, why don’t you? We’re all ears. ” Mrs. Blixen shot him a glare of defiance. “We had the manuscript of James Joyce’s final novel. Written in his personal hand. absolutely specific. nearly necessary. ” “Do you allude to Finnegans Wake, madam? ” “I don't. ” “Mrs. Blixen, my schooling isn't, in fact, on a par along with your personal. yet i think Finnegans Wake used to be certainly the name of the past due Mr. Joyce’s ultimate masterwork? No? ” “No! ” she acknowledged, her small eyes glowing like diamonds. “There used to be yet another entire novel. He intended to submit it, yet tragically died sooner than he may possibly.

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