Monday, March 3, 2014

Interview with The Irish Echo

Irish Echo / APRIL 17-23, 2013 / www.irishecho.com
Echo Arts & Lifestyle

Page Turner
Edited By Peter McDermott
Rollicking adventures of reluctant visionary

If you like the idea of a character who is a novelist from Yorkshire translating Proust into Yorkshire dialect and passing the results off as his own, then Roger Boylan is your man. Throw in two minor Hindu gods working as computer programmers, a sexy Russian woman determined to get away from the drunken oligarch of an ex-husband who is on her trail, and an Irish ex-academic who quits his teaching job in disgust to tend bar. The story is set in and around a state university in an imaginary Midwestern town. It would help if you wanted to publish it, too, as Boylan hasn’t as yet sold “Ohiowa Impromptu.”
However, “The Adorations” is available. The author said that is first of all about the “Archangel Michael’s efforts to recruit Gustave Termi, a boozy middle-aged professor, into his legions of divine warriors, for reasons unknown to Gustave, who doesn’t believe in God, and is certainly no one's idea of a warrior.
“Gustave tries psychoanalysis to deal with the visions, but a chance encounter in the therapist’s waiting room changes his life. Journalist Martine Jeanrenaud, it turns out,” he continued, “has recently published the biography of an early 20th-century Austrian aristocrat, teacher and mystic, Stefanie von Rothenberg.
“She not only had steady visits from heaven and hell,” Boylan said, “but equally steady earthly ones from a bizarre but tenacious swain named Adolf Hitler, whom she first met in Linz, Austria, in 1907. As the story lines slowly converge, Gustave fears Stefanie’s story may be his, too, and that, as a consequence, he is losing his mind.”
It may sound terribly serious, but Boylan, who was born in Florida and raised in Switzerland, France and Ireland, promises lots of hearty laughter along the way.
DATE OF BIRTH:

July 20 of a year comfortably long past

PLACE OF BIRTH:

It says “Florida, U.S.A.” in my passport, unlikely as that may seem

SPOUSE:

A wife
CHILDREN:

One spirited young lady

RESIDENCE:

San Marcos, Texas.
PUBLISHED WORKS:

Killoyle (Dalkey Archive Press; also in German and Italian)

The Great Pint-Pulling Olympiad (Grove/Atlantic; also in German)

The Maladjusted Terrorist (in German, as Killoyle Wein und Käse)

The Adorations (The Olympiad Press; e-book)

Run Like Blazes (a memoir; e-book)

Numerous reviews, essays, articles, and miscellany
WHAT IS YOUR WRITING ROUTINE? ARE THERE IDEAL CONDITIONS?

Quiet, a computer, and access to coffee. When I’m writing, I prefer to get my daily bout done in the early morning.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
Never give up.

NAME THREE BOOKS THAT ARE MEMORABLE IN TERMS OF YOUR READING PLEASURE.

Watt by Samuel Beckett; Pnin and The Gift by Vladimir Nabokov; At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien.
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
The Last Flight of Jose Luis Balboa, by the Miami writer Gonzalo Barr.

IS THERE A BOOK YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN? 
Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis.

NAME A BOOK THAT YOU WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY.

The Country Girls, by Edna O’Brien.

IF YOU COULD MEET ONE AUTHOR, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE?

Samuel Beckett.

WHAT BOOK CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
At Swim-Two-Birds, by Flann O’Brien.
 Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis. The Gift, by Vladimir Nabokov.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPOT IN IRELAND?
Portstewart Strand. Or Howth Head. Or the interior of the Crown Bar in Belfast.

YOU'RE IRISH IF...


You’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Irish Echo / APRIL 17-23, 2013 / www.irishecho.com

1 comment:

  1. Please note my citation of this interview in my extended comment on Mr. Boylan's recent work. You can follow the link below! Go raibh maith agat!

    http://musicandmccarthyism.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/review-in-review-a-profile-of-roger-boylan-would-be-flanneur/

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