Mike McCormack’s Notes from a Coma: `The First Great 21st-Century Irish Novel'

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TitleMike McCormack’s Notes from a Coma: `The First Great 21st-Century Irish Novel'
DescriptionA re-assessment of a novel ten years after its publication.
Media name/outletThe Irish Times
CountryIreland
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media typePrint
Producer/AuthorVal Nolan
Date06 Dec 2016
URLhttps://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/mike-mccormack-s-notes-from-a-coma-the-first-great-21st-century-irish-novel-1.2895009

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Mike McCormack has lately won both the Irish Novel of the Year and the Goldsmiths Prize for this year’s single-sentence Solar Bones. But the roots of his long-form experimental tendencies are clearly visible here in the prescient and intentionally fractured Notes from a Coma. 

This article examines the complx but rewarding novel in light of both McCormack's subsquent work and social developemts in Ireland since its publication.