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Being Alexander

Being Alexander


by Diarmuid Ó Conghaile

A satire of Irish society at the height of our recent madness.

Trade paperback | 224pp | ISBN 9781848402812 | Release Date 01 October 2013

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Meet Alexander Vespucci: Irishman, economist, admirer of women and hopeless. Alexander suffers from in situ dislocation and dreams of escaping to freedom, but can manage to do so in his imagination. Alexander's friends, his family, his girlfriend everyone seems to find him a bit odd. And he isn't entirely in sympathy with them either. But Alexander is on to something. He has a facility for seeing beauty, truths. He notices being. He comprehends motion and ambiguity. When the Taoiseach shakes his hand and congratulates him on a job well done, Alexander appears to be sinking into ignominous failure. But maybe that is also OK. Perhaps failure is a portal to something bigger. Set during the pinnacle of the bubble in Dublin, Being Alexander is a book about life, about knowing and noticing things and a satire of Irish society at the height of our recent madness.