Monday March 30, 2020

Short story collection shrinks in the telling

Fiction; A Kind Of Compass: Stories On Distance; Edited by Belinda McKeon; Tramp Press, €15

29th November, 2015
Éilis Ní Dhuibhne: a natural gift for narrative

‘Distance is inherent to the short story,” writes Belinda McKeon in her introduction to the new anthology A Kind Of Compass.

This is pure waffle: a generalisation so innocuously non-specific and pseudo-profound that its opposite could just as easily be true (“Nearness is inherent to the short story”). Luckily, no one reads anthologies for their introductions. What McKeon means is that she has assembled a collection of stories on the theme of distance...

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