Literature without a passport

John O’Brien in conversation with Caoimhe Fox about the Dalkey Archive Press

EXTRACT:

John O’Brien is a rare breed of Irish publisher; on the one hand he is not exactly Irish (grandparentage notwithstanding), and on the other he maintains a widely international list of authors. Hailing from Chicago, O’Brien moonlights between Dublin, Illinois, Texas and, until recently, London. So, who are Dalkey Archive Press? Are they Irish, American, European or something else? O’Brien traces his grandparents back to Tipperary, from where they emigrated to the US, and he is now almost ‘retracing his grandparents’ footsteps’, in reverse.
The naming of the press was inspired by Irish writer Flann O’Brien’s 1964 novel, not in tribute to his Irish connection. It publishes literary criticism, fiction, plays, non-fiction and poetry, and is influenced by the experimental work of modernist, avant-garde writers, including Irish authors Beckett, Joyce and O’Brien.[…]

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