Midfield Dynamo

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by Adrian Duncan

Praise for Adrian Duncan

‘Precise and penetrating prose … A Sabbatical in Leipzig is a
quietly compelling novel from a writer of real daring and poise.’ VONA GROARKE

‘A Sabbatical in Leipzig is a masterclass in [looking for the extraordinary
in the ordinary]: a stunning example of paying attention to the minutest
of details and looking at the world with keen eyes and a quiet but
curious mind.’ IRISH INDEPENDENT

Midfield Dynamo

From award-winning author Adrian Duncan comes his first collection of astonishing short stories. These modern stories have been written over the past decade, half having been previously published in The Moth, The Stinging Fly, Dublin Review and elsewhere, half completely new. Patterning and happenstance make up the rich quotidian lives of the characters portrayed in these strange, energetic tales. The loose figures of young artists, footballers and artisan engineers act out against diverse backgrounds from Dublin’s northside to Hamburg, Abu Dhabi and Accra, lives tethered yet adrift in a random universe of hard scrabble and occasional illumination. The prose is spare, precise and imagistic, the humour dark and absurdist, shot through with an underlying humanity that has become the trademark of this remarkable writer.

Taking inspiration from his childhood fascination with football team formations, Duncan arranges this collection with an eye to how each piece interacts with the others: ‘While looking at a starting eleven and imagining the team’s possible patterns of movement on the field of play, one question always prevails: What is behind all of this?’

About the Author

Adrian Duncan, born in County Longford, is a Berlin-based visual artist who originally trained as an engineer. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals both in Ireland and the USA. His acclaimed debut novel, Love Notes from a German Building Site, was published by The Lilliput Press and Head of Zeus in 2019, was shortlisted for the Dalkey Literary Emerging Writer Award and won the inaugural John McGahern Annual Book Prize. His second novel, A Sabbatical in Leipzig, was published by the Lilliput Press in 2020.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 3.5 × 19.7 cm

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