Die einst bedeutende Stadt Bohane an der irischen Westk ste liegt darnieder Es herrschen Gewalt und Chaos, die Clans sind gespalten Auch wenn noch ein wenig vom alten Glanz geblieben ist, findet das eigentliche Leben in den Slums und verwahrlosten Wohnblocks von Smoketown statt Scheinbar seit Ewigkeiten steht alles unter der Kontrolle von Logan Hartnett, dem adretten Paten der Hartnett Fancy Gang Aber es liegt rger in der Luft Ger chte gehen um, dass Logans Erzfeind Gant Broderick nach f nfundzwanzig Jahren zur ck in der Stadt ist, und seine Schergen entwickeln auf einmal ihren ganz eigenen Ehrgeiz Logans bessere H lfte dr ngt ihn, alles aufzugeben und sich zur ckzuziehen Doch da kennt die Missus ihren Langen Lulatsch schlecht


10 thoughts on “Dunkle Stadt Bohane

  1. karen karen says:

    i do not know if you will like this book usually, i am pretty good with the readers advisory thing i have this innate sense that automatically provides me with a list of names of people i think would appreciate the book, even if i didn t like it myself call it a gift.but this one i am genuinely at a loss i know that i liked it, but i also know that i am a little bit damaged from having read it like my brain has been mooshed a little and i have had a hard time readjusting.so it takes pla i do not know if you will like this book usually, i am pretty good with the readers advisory thing i have this innate sense that automatically provides me with a list of names of people i think would appreciate the book, even if i didn t like it myself call it a gift.but this one i am genuinely at a loss i know that i liked it, but i also know that i am a little bit damaged from having read it like my brain has been mooshed a little and i have had a hard time readjusting.so it takes place in ireland, but some future ireland that is unlike the ireland i love, in fiction anyway and it is in dialect sort of not the pitch perfect dialogue of tana french s Faithful Place, which made me feel wonderful, but an invented dialect, complete with burgess esque slang and cadence that is very jarring.i mean, you tell me a pack of wannabe Fancy boys fourteenish, hormonal, all bumfluff taches and suicide eyes, with the wantaway croak of bravado in their breaking voices traced the hipsway of the rhythm outside the calypso joint, drew circles in the air with the winkled tips of their patent booties, passed along a coochie eight of em drawin on it and they kept watch so shyly on the Cafe Aliados down the wayyou see the Gant s humours were in a rum condition he was about fit for a bleed of leeches his moods were too swift on the turn he was watchful of them he had a sack of tawny wine on him he untwisted its cap and took a pull on it for the spurt of life medicinal there was pikey blood in the Gant, of course the name, even, was an old pikey handle but then there s pikey blood in most of us around this city have a sconce at the old gaatch of us the slope shouldered carry, the belligerence of the stride, the smoky hazel of our eyes officer material we are not of course if you were going by the reckoning of pikey bones the Gant was old bones now for certain he was fifty years to paradise.and usually that would give me fits.but after a while, you kind of get into it and even though the book expects much from its readership understanding a ton of clans, geography, inbred feuds, unfamiliar expressions i thought it was a great read.but it is a bludgeoning one.it s strange stripped of its vernacular, the book can be reduced to two sentences people fight a marriage is tested.that is it, honestly but it isn t simply emptiness masked by linguistic cleverness.the world building is phenomenal it reminded me, a little, of both Aurorarama and The Gone Away World, but i thought it was muchsuccessful than either once you get into the rhythm of it, it is incredibly rich and satisfying, and with the other two, i had a lot of difficulty making sense of the world, but in this one, i feltgrounded.but there were some strange decisions why so much focus on the clothing i swear, there was so much of this, and always in this format ol boy wore high top boots expensively clicker d with gold taps, a pair of hip hugging jodhpur style pants in a faded mauve tone, an amount of gold chains, a heave mink coat to keep out the worst of the hardwind s assaults and a goatskin beanie hat set pavee style at the crown of his head.it s a weird quirk in an already quirky book it definitely provides a strong mental image, but the whole name followed by colon setup made me unhappy.but there is a character named fucker burke and one named wolfie stanners, so that s obviously awesome fucker wore silver high top boots, drainpipe strides in a natty boy mottle, a low slung dirk belt and a three quarter jacket of saffron dyed sheepskin he was tall and straggly as an invasive weed he was astonishingly sentimental, and as violent again his belligerent green eyes were strange flowers indeed he was seventeen years of age and he read magical significance into occurrences of the number nine he had ambition deep inside but could hardly even name it his true love an unpredictable Alsatian bitch name of Angelina.and when i read that, i thought, maybe that is just this book slang for german but nope an actual dog indeed.so, yeah i liked this a lot but i do not know what anyone besides me will make of it.read it and tell me, why don t you come to my blog


  2. Hugh Hugh says:

    This is my second experience of Kevin Barry I read the equally compelling and original but very different Beatlebone in January This one is a mixture of genres that I would normally steer well clear of gangland thriller, dystopian fantasy, steampunk and graphic novel cliches abound What carries it is the sheer vibrancy and humour of the language and the many cultural reference points that echo the likes of Joyce and Flann O Brien.The setting is the fictional city of Bohane, on the west coa This is my second experience of Kevin Barry I read the equally compelling and original but very different Beatlebone in January This one is a mixture of genres that I would normally steer well clear of gangland thriller, dystopian fantasy, steampunk and graphic novel cliches abound What carries it is the sheer vibrancy and humour of the language and the many cultural reference points that echo the likes of Joyce and Flann O Brien.The setting is the fictional city of Bohane, on the west coast of Ireland and the time is 2053 to 2054, in a country that has become an anarchic battleground between rival gangs, loosely under the watch of a corrupt city authority and a police force that is largely content to keep the main players in place For a futuristic setting, the reference points are surprisingly old fashioned, in fact the dominant inspiration seems to be the 50s and early 60s, and many Irish traditions and cultural divisions survive in modified form The language is a complex hybrid of Irish street speak and other influences such as Rastafarianism and the Catholic church, and the characters are all cartoonish and larger than life I found the whole thing surprisingly compulsive and satisfying, and although Barry s vision is a bleak, profane and violent one, dark humour is never very far from the surface In some ways this reminded me of his compatriot and namesake Sebastian Barry s Days Without End, another book which shouldn t work but is sustained by the brilliance of its narrative voice


  3. GoldGato GoldGato says:

    A place should never for too long go against its nature.Bohane Mid 21st century after some un named calamity which has affected Ireland and, apparently, Britain also Perhaps the rest of the world That is one of the conceits of this sci fi steampunk something novel, the first by the wonderful Kevin Barry Bohane is a wicked citythink San Francisco of Barbary Coast fame in the 19th century Everyone has a game, an angle to play and safety and security are part of the Lost Time.There are no i A place should never for too long go against its nature.Bohane Mid 21st century after some un named calamity which has affected Ireland and, apparently, Britain also Perhaps the rest of the world That is one of the conceits of this sci fi steampunk something novel, the first by the wonderful Kevin Barry Bohane is a wicked citythink San Francisco of Barbary Coast fame in the 19th century Everyone has a game, an angle to play and safety and security are part of the Lost Time.There are no illustrations for this book, because the author provides the Irish words, but is this a picture of Bohane Or this It s a city that has lived on a diet of hard booze and fat pills against the pain of its long existence It s where we are heading, now, as we destroy the planet of trees and shelter and clean air The novel centers around the denizens I wouldn t call them citizens of the town, none of whom seem to have any redeeming characteristics Over it all is Girly Hartnett, a 90 year old tough ass octogenarian whose son is the head of the toughest gang Girly liked old movies and menthol ciggies and plotting the city s continued derangement.Girly is whacked Ya sketchin The Pikeys rule Smoketown but make a play for the Traces, because the Logan needs the help Ya heedin Wolfie Stammer is terrifying but lovelorn for his Jennie, the devious player being groomed by the Girly Each character is described in turns of the clothes they wear, as style is all even as the world is dying Ya flockin The polis are even worse than the gangstas and the newspaper men record it all Brews and bushweed and elderflower gin Who freaks the clips, ya zazzing Not one decent lot to choose fromexcept maybe the lone good guys , the paramedics Yeah, that s the life in the Bohane because if you leave the dark city and its dark waters and its maddened seagulls, you can only go to the Big Nothin , where the children are mutes and grow up with the Goatspeak.Ya poobahin The first 63 pages were agony for me I ve never been a reader who can tolerate dialects and Cagney esque rapidfire exchanges Then I hit page 64, and the world opened up for me Yeah Kick a plan then the sky burst Bohane is Mad Max Bohane is Digible Planets Bohane is Miles Bohane is the Beats Bohane is Oliver Reed in The Damned Is it Joyce for the here and the now Can t speak to that, but what a ride The last chapter keeps the visual and musical vibes glowin with a wild West Side Story montage coming to mind Yeah.Snazzy, no Book Season Winter freestyle morphine jazz


  4. Rob Kitchin Rob Kitchin says:

    Kevin Barry is well known for his short stories He has a vivid imagination and is an excellent wordsmith, crafting some lovely, expressive prose City of Bohane has received high praise from some of Ireland s literary stars such as Roddy Doyle, Joseph O Connor and Hugo Hamilton I therefore had high expectations for Barry s first novel With the exception of the prose and some of the characterisation, for me, it failed to deliver For the most part, the characters are difficult to identify with Kevin Barry is well known for his short stories He has a vivid imagination and is an excellent wordsmith, crafting some lovely, expressive prose City of Bohane has received high praise from some of Ireland s literary stars such as Roddy Doyle, Joseph O Connor and Hugo Hamilton I therefore had high expectations for Barry s first novel With the exception of the prose and some of the characterisation, for me, it failed to deliver For the most part, the characters are difficult to identify with and I couldn t have cared less what happened to them they re a bunch of scoundrels hooked on vice and violence The tale has no back story We re forty years into the future, Ireland seems to have slipped backwards a couple of hundred years minus the colonial rule, and we have no idea as to why this occurred or the general wider socio political landscape of Ireland or Europe Rather we re isolated in a fictional city, with the sea on one side and surrounded by bog otherwise, and all we have is a nostalgia for a lost time that s never explained The plot is wafer thin and is largely feuding clans seeking to remain in charge of the city My sense when I got to the end was, yes, and Given the literary plaudits, I was expecting a lotand yet there is no great sociological, political or economic unveiling, no sense of philosophical or theological reflection, no feeling that story served any purpose Barry does manage to create some sense of place, but the city is very simply structured into five zones, lacking the complexity of a real place and it s really not clear how large a town it actually is It felt quite small town to me, certainly not a large city There is also a first person narrator who drifts in very occasionally and seemingly with no purpose Barry rightly deserves the plaudits for his ability as a wordsmith, and there are some very nice passages in City of Bohane, but as a novel length story for me it fell short of what it could have been


  5. Paul Fulcher Paul Fulcher says:

    City of Bohane, Kevin Barry s debut novel, won the prestigious international Impac prize in 2013, one of the my favourite literary prizes as one of the few that treats translated fiction on a par with English language originals And his 2nd novel, Beatlebone has been shortlisted for the equally excellent Goldsmiths Prize So I came to this book with high expectations, albeit tempered by the detail of the Impac nomination which states that the novel ble City of Bohane, Kevin Barry s debut novel, won the prestigious international Impac prize in 2013, one of the my favourite literary prizes as one of the few that treats translated fiction on a par with English language originals And his 2nd novel, Beatlebone has been shortlisted for the equally excellent Goldsmiths Prize So I came to this book with high expectations, albeit tempered by the detail of the Impac nomination which states that the novel blends influences from film and the graphic novel, from Trojan beats and calypso rhythms, from Celtic myth and legend, from fado and the sagas Literary fiction is notably absent from the list, and indeed Barry has said realist literary fiction is, of course, the hoariest and dullest of all the genres.The story is set in the Gothical West of Ireland in the once great and cosmopolitan City of Bohane and the fueds between and within the various street gangs that dominate the seedier parts of town its grogshops, its noodle joints, its tickle foot parlours Its dank shebeens and fetsih studios Its shooting galleries, hoor stables, bookmakers All crowded in on each other in the lean to streets The tottering old chimneys were stacked in great deranged happiness against the morning sky We are forty years in the future 2053 4 , after a lost time they wished that the lost time in Bohane might, as the years passed, fade into less painful memory Beyond the City of Bohane lies the Nations Beyond, spoke of by the City s inhabitants as some mythical place but actually with a rather prosaic relationship with the City s Authority a key plot element concerns ensuring the City s reputation isn t too sullied by the unfolding events as to lose the funding for a new tram line.The author has described the novel as a weird retro fitted future Western, with lots of gratuitous swearing, hideous violence, perverse sex and powerful opiates While that makes the novel soundpotentially shocking than it really is, the description is a good one In particular this is an oddly technology free future there are no cars only trams and horses, no mobile phones or computers, the gangsters use knifes not guns.Barry has a Joycean love of the auditory power of language with prose that almost demands to be read out loud The most memorable parts of the novel are the highly visual descriptions of the characters and the outlandish costumes that they wear and which they change on a daily basis.E.g Logan Hartnett aka the Long Fella , who effectively runs Bohane at present All sorts of quarehawks lingered Trace deep in the small hours They looked down as he passed, they examined their toes and their sacks of tawny wine you wouldn t make eye contact with the Long Fella if you could help it Strange, but we had a fear of him and a pride in him, both He had a fine hold of himself, as we say in Bohane He was graceful and erect and he looked neither left nor right but straight out ahead always, with the shoulders thrown back, like a general He walked the Arab tangle of alleyways and wynds that make up the Trace and there was the slap, the lift, the slap, the lift of Portuguese leather on the backstreet stones Yes and Logan was in his element as he made progress through the labyrinth He feared not the shadows, he knew the fibres of the place, he knew every last twist and lilt of it Most memorable dressed is Ol Boy Mannion Ol Boy wore High top boots expensively clicker d with gold taps, a pair of hip hugging jodphur style pants in a faded mauve tone, an amount of gold chains, a heavy mink coat to keep out the worst of the headwind s assaults and a goatskin beanie hat see pavee style on the crown of his head Truth of it this was as suave an old dude as you d come across in the whole of Bohane creation Another two characters One wore Silver high top boots, drainpipe strides in a natty boy mottle, a low slung dirk belt and a three quarter jacket of saffron dyed sheepskin He was tall and straggly as an invasive weed He was astonishingly sentimental, and as violent again His belligerent green eyes were strange flowers indeed He was seventeen years of age and he read magical significance into occurrences of the number nine He had ambition deep inside but could hardly even name it His true love an unpredictable Alsatian bitch name of Angelina.Wolfie wore Black patent high tops, tight bleached denims with a matcher of a waistcoat, a high dirk belt, and a navy Crombie with a black velvet collar Wolfie was low sized, compact, ginger, and he thrummed with dense energies He had a blackbird s poppy eyed stare, thyroidal, and if his brow was nothan an inch deep, it was packed with an alley rat s cunning He was seventeen, also, and betrayed, sometimes, by odd sentiments under moonlight He wanted to own entirely the City of Bohane His all new, all true love Miss Jenni Ching of the Hartnett Fancy and the Oh Pee Ching Oh Kay Koffee Shoppe Jennis is perhaps the most memorable character, a teenage girl and emerging rival for the Long Fella Miss Jenni Ching, boss lady of the Ho Pee ever since her black mooded momma had tossed her small demented bones into the Bohane river just a quick headlong dash from the caff , on account of dog fight debts, some said, or because of a persistent strain of Ching family madness, according to others, and Jenni regarded the fatty, creamy soup her uncle offered with an as if glare on my hips and she pushed it aside She was in a white leather jumpsuit up top of hoss polis zippered boots, with her fine hair let down, and her hair was streaked and worn this season in a blunt cut fringe that she blew aside with regular, rhythmic spouts of tabsmoke The dialogue is in stylised slang e.g Jenni s first words in the novel to Logan Cusacks gonna sulk up a welt o vengeance by n by and if yer askin me, like A rake o them tossers bullin down off the Rises is the las thing Smoketown need The story itself rather takes a back seat to all of this, but the various power struggles are interesting enough to maintain the reader s interest, if nothing very new And that highlights my issue.The Problem is the so what I was expecting some sort of explanation for how Bohane evolved to this state, oron how and why it operates now and the wider world, perhaps as a commentary on Irish history, or someliterary allusions, or something Ultimately this is a steam punk graphic novel, but one where the pictures are painted in words That s impressive, but it isn t enough, particularly not to win such a major prize


  6. Ethel Rohan Ethel Rohan says:

    Kevin Barry is a genius He is doing with his life and his gift exactly what he was put on this earth to do and continues the long and great line of Irish writers His debut novel City of Bohane is an original and remarkable work of inventiveness.Set in the fictional and futuristic city of Bohane, somewhere in the West of Ireland in 2053, this is a dark and harrowing tale that is at turns horrific and stunning For all the memorable and well dressed characters, gripping plot twists, and brillian Kevin Barry is a genius He is doing with his life and his gift exactly what he was put on this earth to do and continues the long and great line of Irish writers His debut novel City of Bohane is an original and remarkable work of inventiveness.Set in the fictional and futuristic city of Bohane, somewhere in the West of Ireland in 2053, this is a dark and harrowing tale that is at turns horrific and stunning For all the memorable and well dressed characters, gripping plot twists, and brilliant molding of lyric language, the work holds up a truth about the Irish psyche that has long and deeply troubled me A savage violence We re fierce about land, love, family, and reputation and all that brings out both the worst and the best in us Of course in both Irish life and literature, it helps that however dire our circumstances and dark our urges, we know how to have a good time City of Bohane is also, thankfully, sprinkled with wit, humor and humanity.This novel won t be for everyone City of Bohane is not an easy read and requires work of the reader There s a large and colorful and sometimes confusing cast, dense dialect and colloquialisms, and visceral violence Hell, Barry even makes up words throughout, and delightfully so For me, it is the strange, twisted and beautiful language that makes this novel so compelling As I read, I felt fortunate to gawp at this wondrous treasure trove of Barry s creativity and mastery.I could qualify all of the above with in my humble opinion, but feck that


  7. Bob Brinkmeyer Bob Brinkmeyer says:

    3.5 rounded upKevin Barry s City of Bohane is a novel that is probably going either to draw you compulsively in or just as compulsively put you off, as its appeal lies less in plot than in language and if you don t give yourself over to the prose, the novel will in all likelihood seem audaciously weird but not much else, except perhaps grating and annoying Set in the near future in a city in west Ireland, City of Bohane is another in the flood of dystopian novels that seem so popular these days 3.5 rounded upKevin Barry s City of Bohane is a novel that is probably going either to draw you compulsively in or just as compulsively put you off, as its appeal lies less in plot than in language and if you don t give yourself over to the prose, the novel will in all likelihood seem audaciously weird but not much else, except perhaps grating and annoying Set in the near future in a city in west Ireland, City of Bohane is another in the flood of dystopian novels that seem so popular these days understandably so, right I m writing this amidst the COVID 19 crisis, along with the ongoing climate catastrophe Bohane is a city divided into segregated sections ruled over by warring gangs and the novel follows the outbreak of a gang war and the personal relations that go awry under the pressure It s violent, gritty, and in places even cartoonish in its exaggerated situations and characters mostly a motley group of scoundrels, some of whom are lovable in their bumbling quirkiness There s not a lot of subtlety in this violent world of punk and power think, maybe, of A Clockwork Orange This is not to say this should be a novel of discerning delicacy, as clearly this is not Barry s intention but it is to say, don t pick up the novel looking for it.But do pick it up if you want to be swept away by its dazzling language, a wild mix of Irish street talk and elevated expression You just have to go with prose, sound it out, be carried along by its cascading torrent The inside front jacket front jackets are often written by the authors describes this wild witches brew as three hundred fiendish pages mixing Celtic myth and a Caribbean beat, fado and film, graphic novel cool and all the ripe inheritance of Irish literature to create something hilarious, strange, beautiful, and startingly new That s a pretty accurate representation of what Barry stirs up and around, but the final result, at least to my taste, is not quite as satisfying as the statement claims Still, City of Bohane is a surprising and fearless novel, one that joyously revels in the magic and beauty of language


  8. Dan Dan says:

    GorgeousPS, Might not be for you


  9. Ali Ali says:

    Unusual and memorable bog soaked poetry of a small Irish city filled with whores, gamblers, criminals, lonely hearts, and every other kind of down and outer It s a city where whoever schemes the best lives the longest, and you can t trust anyone It s a city that breaks people.Like drinking whiskey on a wintery day in a room with no heat, no light, and two inch gapes between each wooden wall plank, Barry s book will shake you It s a silent, desperate bellowing yellow to the moon And it s also Unusual and memorable bog soaked poetry of a small Irish city filled with whores, gamblers, criminals, lonely hearts, and every other kind of down and outer It s a city where whoever schemes the best lives the longest, and you can t trust anyone It s a city that breaks people.Like drinking whiskey on a wintery day in a room with no heat, no light, and two inch gapes between each wooden wall plank, Barry s book will shake you It s a silent, desperate bellowing yellow to the moon And it s also about love If it were a human, City of Bohane would walk around with a switchblade in its backpocket and a crepe paper heart pinned to its black cloth vest Barry s language is poetry to sharpen your teeth on


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