Eureka Street - Guide Ireland.com

Eureka Street

Eureka Street - Guide Ireland.com

Eureka Street is a novel by Irish writer Robert McLiam Wilson. Acclaimed by the critics, it was a great international success in 1996! It must be said that the writer paints the portrait of a Belfast bruised by violence, where its inhabitants try to find happiness and balance … A colourful portrait, closely linked to the Northern Irish conflict, which will not leave you indifferent!

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Eureka Street tells the daily life of the inhabitants of Belfast as the city undergoes the end of the Irish conflict with full force. Between terrorist threats and latent conflict, the inhabitants try to continue their daily routine, without ever forgetting to look after each other… So you can follow the routine of colourful and always endearing characters.

Starting with Protestant Chuckie, who spends his time working out the worst schemes to raise money… Not to mention Jake the Catholic, a former hard-hearted soft-hearted guy who wipes out love breakups with a shovel…

Around them, life seems difficult and painful, but solidarity and fraternity are their best weapons to keep moving forward and prevent violence from gaining ground…

Our opinion

Robert McLiam Wilson dared to depict rather corrosive and endearing characters in the middle of an unstable and fragile, explosive and rebellious Belfast where recurrent violence has turned it into a veritable powder keg.

Between armed conflict, confessional segregation, and calls for violence, nothing seems to disturb the disillusioned Jake and Chuckie, 2 inhabitants of Belfast, Catholics and Protestants respectively, who seem to wander through life with difficulty. In search of success (material or sentimental, depending on the characters), both seem to suffer their daily life in the middle of a more than deleterious climate.

Nothing could predict that their friendship could hold up in this unstable context. A friendship erected by the writer as a powerful counter-example to the context of those years in Northern Ireland…

A way for Robert McLiam Wilson to fight against fatalistic prejudices and socio-political determinism: confessional difference does not have to divide men.

A very good novel, combining humour, cynicism and romance, which delivers portraits that are at once singular, touching and disarming. A must read!



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