Mean streets, new lives
The representations of non-Irish immigrants in recent Irish crime fiction
in Literary visions of multicultural Ireland
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Urban spaces also become the backdrop for the literary works discussed in this chapter. In his detailed assessment of the Irish crime fiction of the last decade, the author analyses the way in which the novels of John Brady, Gene Kerrigan, Ingrid Black, and Niamh O'Connor, among others, portray immigrants as victims of Irish people, who often exploit them in criminal activities such as the trafficking of narcotics, prostitution, and the illegal movement of other immigrants. These migrant characters usually inhabit the ‘mean streets’ of Dublin, Galway, Limerick, and Cork. This signals the recent interest of Irish crime writers in setting their plots in ‘homegrown’ locations, in contrast to previous novels which tended to fictionalise crime in non-Irish settings.

Literary visions of multicultural Ireland

The immigrant in contemporary Irish literature


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