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Paul Lynch

is the author of the novels Red Sky in Morning, The Black Snow, which won France’s Prix Libr’a Nous for Best Foreign Novel, and Grace, which won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the UK’s Walter Scott Prize and France's Prix Jean Monnet for European Literature, among other prizes. He lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.

Beyond the Sea

A feeling of sleep without sleeping. Or maybe sleeping without sleep. Asleep maybe and yet the body listens. The body listening with an almost seeing. The senses alert to every motion of the boat. He knows a larger vessel would have been smashed by now. Instead the panga rides each mountainous wave like an insect.

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The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2020

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