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Head of Zeus
The Art of the Glimpse
09 Dec 2021 * PAPERBACK * £18 * 9781800249691

A special edition of the 100 best Irish short stories, selected by Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations, winner of the Irish Book Award Non Fiction Book of the Year 2019.

Fiction / DQ (Anthologies)
Extent: 768 pages  Format: 240 x 170 mm
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The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish short storiesAnthosedited by Sinéad Gleeson

The #1 Irish Times bestseller

A special reissue from Head of Zeus's bestselling anthology collection of the very best Irish short stories, selected by Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations, winner of the Irish Book Award Non Fiction Book of the Year 2019.

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 Bharduin, 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.

Sinéad 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 Déon 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.

This anthology was a no. 1 Irish Times bestseller in 2020; editor Sinéad Gleeson won Non Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2019.

One of ten special reissues for HoZ's anniversary: handsome flexi-bound editions with foil detailing and specially commissioned cover illustration.

HoZ's bestselling anthology series has sold 250,000 copies across all formats.

MARKET: The Long Gaze Back; Constellations; Being Various.

Sinéad 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... 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' RTÉ

A beautiful piece of publishing... Over 700 pages of Irish short stories... Expands the canon of the Irish short story, it's full of marginalised and forgotten voices, women, LGBT writers, forgotten 19th-century voices' Clare Byrne

Gleeson radically reimagines the canon of the Irish short story, from the classic and familiar to the urgent and contemporary... An ambitious, joyous representation of the beloved traditional form' Dazed

'Sometimes described as a 'glimpse of truth', short stories can be all the more forceful, inventive and meticulously crafted for their brevity, as Sinéad Gleeson's excellent anthology demonstrates'

'Whilst the collection sparkles with new stars of current Irish writing right alongside those loved for decades, it is the breadth of talent on display here which is truly amazing' Leitrim Observer

Gleeson has almost single-handedly revolutionised the literary anthology in Ireland... This is a masterpiece of selection and execution... This one works like a dream to create a wonderful, maybe even definitive book of stories from Ireland' New European

From famous names to forgotten voices, a gloriously varied collection revitalises the Irish Canon... There's poison and antidote, with abject hopelessness tempered by hope' Guardian

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