Unnerving yet blackly comic novel demands attention

LITTLE CONSTRUCTIONS. By Anna Burns, Fourth Estate, €22.20.

30th June, 2007

LITTLE CONSTRUCTIONS. By Anna Burns, Fourth Estate, €22.20.

This is an unnerving and chaotic piece of work, but at least you know where you are from the get-go.

The opening scene sees Jetty Doe bursting through the door of a gunshop in search of a Kalashnikov. ‘‘This was the annoyed Jetty Doe, the one who had knifed her mammy once, and not her less-annoyed cousin called Jotty, who hadn’t,” is the immediate qualification....

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