The Fabulists is a love story set in Contemporary Dublin. After a brief encounter on the Ha’Penny Bridge over the Liffey, Tess and Mungo contrive to make their paths cross again. “Two spoofers,” Tess thinks to herself. ˜It might even be fun.”
The relationship that develops extends the horizon of their lives on the dole, struggling with children and marriage, filled with sexual longing, and hungry for purpose.
As life and fantasy interweave between Dublin, Wexford, Barcelona and Berlin, Tess and Mungo consummate their love through tales which are exotic and often guilt-ridden, confronting truths about themselves, and restoring the fabric of a torn past.
This novel about love and parenthood, desire and frailty, describes ordinary lives and emotions in an extraordinary way.
–The Lilliput Original Paperback Description
This is a passionate, erotic, mature novel that displays many of the virtues which contemporary Irish fiction so conspicuously lacks: an intelligent vision of an adult relationship coupled with an intelligent vision of contemporary Irish society. Plus, he has a supple prose style which is a constant joy to read.
- Ronan Sheehan, The Irish Press, October 1994
The Fabulists is the first volume in The Bann River Trilogy, and was published in trade paperback format in October, 1994, by The Lilliput Press Dublin
ISBN 1 874675 30 9
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Some review excerpts
“I wish you would pass on my admiration.” Martha Gellhorn
“a passionate, erotic, mature novel.” Ronan Sheehan
“…stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best Irish fiction of the last few years.” Colin Lacey, The Irish Voice, New York
“This is a book I’ve read now three or four times, and it has that really magnificent quality that great novels have, where you find yourself thinking about them a few weeks after you finish reading them.” Joseph O’Connor, RTÉ Radio
“An Irish love story for the 1990s.” Anthony Glavin, The Sunday Tribune
“Philip Casey’s brilliant debut novel” Gerry Smyth, in Contemporary Irish Fiction Themes, Tropes, Theories Edited by Liam Harte and Michael Parker (London, MacMillan, 2000/New York, St Martin’s Press, 2000)
“This will lie around for a few years and then be declared a Modern Classic.” Amazon.co.uk reader
See more reviews at The Fabulists Reviews