Repeat This and You're Dead by Lawrence RussellRepeat This and You're Dead by Lawrence Russell

Repeat This and You're Dead

byLawrence Russell

Paperback | May 10, 1999

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In Repeat This and You're Dead, celebrated dramatist Lawrence Russell ventures for the first time into fiction. With gritty and unforgiving realism, these "short short stories" cast a harsh eye on the Ireland of the last half of this century, a country brutally divided while fiercely loyal to an ambiguous past and an even more turbulent future. With Russell's characteristic black humour and gleeful sarcasm, the characters act out their fated lives on the public stage, stories narrated as repeated gossip, told with the casual nonchalance of a wanderer passing from room to room at a party to which he has not been invited. Russell's unflinching mastery of irony refuses to allow his voice to slip into sentimentality or charitable fondness. These are the stories of untamed bullies, hapless farmers, unsteady veterans, greedy nephews, stuffy uncles, grubby urchins, haunted scavengers, ruthless money grubbers, clumsy terrorists, disenchanted lovers, desperate mothers, estranged sons and exiled eccentrics of every stripe--tales of the outcast and outraged. Russell's style recalls the influences of Irish forefathers--the precision of Joyce, the absurdity of Beckett, and the mysticism of Yeats. Russell's Ireland is not only fist fights and fanaticism, it is also the unimagined peace which occasionally resides in the hearts of the hopeful.

Lawrence Russell was born and raised in rural northern Ireland. He came to Canada when he was sixteen. His drama has been performed across Canada and the U.S. He teaches Writing and Film at the University of Victoria, B.C.
Title:Repeat This and You're DeadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.27 inPublished:May 10, 1999Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888783639

ISBN - 13:9780888783639

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From Our Editors

Wit, dark humour and intelligence are the main ingredients of this collection of post-card fiction. Dramatist Lawrence Russell has given readers a very funny treat with Repeat This And You’re Dead. The stories take place in an Ireland populated with clueless farmers, frightening bullies, estranged sons and moms, terrorists and disenchanted lovers. It’s a wonderful example of Canadian fiction at its best.