The Fatal Move and Other Stories. Conall Cearnach.

The Fatal Move and Other Stories

Swan River Press:
Dublin: 2021
First edition, hardcover, Limited, New in dust jacket,
103 pp.
Cover artwork by: Meggan Kehrli

This edition limited to 350 copies. “Written in Belfast and Bangor during the partition of Ireland, the six strange stories comprising Conall Cearnach’s The Fatal Move are unusual documents of the time. ‘Cearnach’ was the pseudonym of F. W. O’Connell, a peculiar Protestant divine, linguist and Irish language scholar, oddball essayist, and early national broadcaster. His sole fiction collection showcases a wide scope: the conte cruel, the ghost story, the locked-room mystery, and the science-fictional satire. What unifies the stories is O’Connell’s playful, outward-looking perspective, inspired by his love of the diverse cultures and languages of the world and his home country in equal measure. A unique figure in Irish life, Cearnach’s character is perhaps more present in these stories than the anxieties of the time in which they were written. For this volume, Reggie Chamberlain-King provides an extensive introduction examining O’Connell’s life and works.” #67789

Price: $50.00

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