An epic tale of Ireland's distinct evolution

Mount Merrion by Justin Quinn. Penguin, €15. Reviewed by Kathy Foley.

7th September, 2013
Justin Quinn has written a novel that encompasses the course of a nation. Photo: Feargal Ward

Mount Merrion

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Almost as an aside, there is a moment in Mount Merrion when two German arty types discuss the fate of modern literature. One insists the novel is dead. "After modernism, there's no point in trying to write novels that encompass the course of a nation," he says. The other, a writer, disagrees, but also says that for his first book he just wants to write about what he knows and write something people...

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