A performance artist opens his chest and displays his beating heart on stage.
A young man walks through the hills of south-west Romania, where the locals have peculiar ideas about gold.
On the morning of a medical examination, a woman tries to coax her husband off the roof.
A smuggler pays off an old debt to his sister and resigns himself to a life of honest toil in the mine-shafts of his home town.
A mysterious rodent named Brigitte enters the lives of two old men. And, in the astonishing long story "In the Neighbourhood", the inhabitants of a crumbling tower-block go about their business, unforgettably.
The stories of Philip O Ceallaigh create a world that is utterly original and yet immediately recognizable - a world of ordinary people grappling with work and idleness, ambition and frustration, wildness and sobriety, love and lust and decay.
Scabrously honest, screamingly funny and beautifully crafted, "Notes from a Turkish Whorehouse" is a brilliant debut from a writer who cannot be ignored by anyone who cares about the art of fiction.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 10/11/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141029023