Irish writer Mike MacCormack received the award Goldsmiths University for innovations in literary form. Prize of 10 thousand pounds he got for the novel Solar Bones with a volume of 200 pages, which consists of one sentence.

The novel takes place during all saints Day in 2008, when engineer mark Conway of County Mayo in the West of Ireland for one day came back from the dead, to behold “the County’s unique history, where people are starving and going to die for a higher cause and principles,” writes The Guardian.

The publication notes that six of the works that came this year in the shortlist for the award was incredibly strong. McCormack became the third Irishman, who won Goldsmithscouk the award for the last four years.

“Politics, family, art, marriage, health, civic duty and the environment are just a few of those of those that he touches in his narrative,” said jury Chairman Blake Morrison. According to him, the theme of the novel-the winner of “normal working life”, but by itself the book is an extraordinary work.

Experimental work was published by the independent Irish publisher Tramp. This is the third novel by the Irish writer, also to his credit two collections of short stories. Previously Solar Bones considered him an unsuitable product for nomination for the Pulitzer prize, since the novel was published in Ireland and not in Britain.

As noted by RTE, the ceremony McCormack thanked Tramp Press for their support during his “long and difficult adventure” as a writer. “I can’t say that I was going to win,” he admitted.

The writer called on the major publishers to take risks cooperation with experimental authors, assuring them that “readers are smart enough” for such books.


Irish writer won the national book award for his novel from a single sentence to 200 pages 10.11.2016

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