Posted on 06/16/2018 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The unusual part about Mike McCormack’s win of the International Dublin Literary Award isn’t that he’s been described as “disgracefully neglected.”

It’s that his winning novel, Solar Bones, comprises exactly one sentence.

One sentence that spans over two hundred seventy pages, for sure, but one sentence nevertheless.

Solar Bones is McCormack’s fifth novel. It is narrated by Marcus Conway — described by The Guardian as “a husband, father, civil engineer, a man gripped by ‘a crying sense of loneliness for my family.’”

McCormack received the International Dublin literary award on Wednesday, much to his delight.

Though critically acclaimed, the Irish author has not quite achieved mainstream success. (That may change, as Solar Bones was also longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize and won the Goldsmiths Prize.)

"I was shocked. I had completely given up hope that I was going to win it. But I’m over the shock now and enjoying myself — very much,” McCormack told The Guardian.

You can read his interview in full on The Guardian’s website.

Categories: Today in Books

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