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Denton, Danny

Entry updated 20 June 2022. Tagged: Author.

(?   -    ) Irish teacher, editor and author, whose first novel, The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow (2018), set in the apocalyptically Dystopian Near Future fragments of an Ireland, half-flooded by unending rain which signals, without arguments necessary, a world dying from Climate Change. The tale is irradiated with visions of cod futuristics generated by desperate masters, and (perhaps equally inauthentic) echoes out of the chthonic past. The protagonists, a gang-lord "king" of an urban region and the seducer of his daughter, ricochet through the complex Disaster of a culture battered into incoherence.

Denton's second novel, All Along the Echo (2022), also set in Near Future Ireland, focuses more on the decrepit Media Landscape to come, as a dj and his sidekick look for Irish returnees from the terrorism-riddled UK, one of whom will be awarded a car for a year, along with precious fuel to run it. Contrasts between broadcast life and lives trapped in circumstance are poignantly suggested. An extremely abstract kind of Time Viewer allows two observers from the future to attempt to understand the clamour of this world. But they cannot stand the barking. [JC]

Danny Denton

born Cork, Ireland

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