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El Furtivo

El Furtivo

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His small furtive eyes flickered, seeking advantage. He was deeply hated, even despised with the collective swarm intelligence of a hunting pack of boys nearly men. El Furtivo (the furtive one) he was called. He was sitting on a simmering powder keg of malevolence and cruelty.

They wished only to hunt him down, blood sport.  He was prey, a tethered goat. It passed the time…

A year after the release of his succesful first collection Undernose Farm Revisted, venue-builder-turned-writer Harry Crosbie is back with a colourful new selection of short stories. Tragic and hilarious in equal measure, these Dublin tales capture the idiosyncrasies of characters old and new. As the likes of James Joyce and Claire Keegan have proven, Ireland has a powerful legacy of short-storytelling. Crosbie’s El Furtivo deserves its place in this heritage, as he toys with masculinity, modernity and what it means to be a Dubliner. As always, he never fails to both shock and delight.

ISBN 978 1 78846 314 0

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  • Wise and funny

    "A unique wise and very funny storyteller. Compelling."

    - Joe Duffy, broadcaster and author

  • Elegant, pithy, brilliant

    "We all thought Harry Crosbie was a born entrepreneur, but now we realise he was born to write. Elegant, pithy, brilliant”

    – Pat Kenny, broadcaster
  • A virtuoso, in fact

    “These stories sing with a language so melodic even a third or fourth reading offers up new surprises. He is the real deal, a master of rhythm, phrase and memory. ”

    – Tommy Tiernan, broadcaster and comedian
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