Desmond Hogan is one of the most exciting literary talents to have come out of Ireland in the past half-century. "Larks' Eggs" reaffirms his stature, displaying anew a compressed lyricism, ferocity and sheer prismatic brilliance in these twenty stories from previous collections and twelve fresh ones. Cressida Connolly called 'Airedale', in William Trevor's "The Oxford Book of Short Stories", 'profound, moving and exquisitely executed. Hogan is one of the finest writers alive today and deserves to be much better known.' Joyce Carol Oates describes 'Winter Swimmers', in the Times Literary Supplement, as an 'elegiac, daringly sustained prose poem...a collage of meticulously rendered Irish scenes that weaves in and out of tales of tinkers and youths'. Hogan's compelling tales of diaspora and exile, of subsumed identity and allurement, merge landscape with mindscape. His history-burdened, fragmented personas are distinctly Irish, while exhilaratingly, wholly universal. 'Here's to the storytellers. They made sense of these lonely and driven lives of ours.' The Lilliput Press is proud to introduce Desmond Hogan to a twenty-first century readership.
DESMOND HOGAN was born in east Galway and lives in south-west Ireland. He was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1981 and a DAAD Fellowship in Berlin in 1991. In 1989 he was writer-in-residence at the University of Alabama, and in 1997 taught at the University of California, San Diego.