Roger Boylan is an American writer (b. 1951) who was raised in Ireland, France, and Switzerland. His Irish novel Killoyle, called "a virtuoso performance" by Publishers Weekly, is published by Dalkey Archive Press. His second Irish novel, The Great Pint-Pulling Olympiad, is published by Grove Press; the Village Voice said it resembled the work of James Joyce "at his comically prolix best." Both novels were translated into German by the award-winning German translator and author Harry Rowohlt. The third volume in the Killoyle trilogy, The Maladjusted Terrorist, was published in German in 2007, and the entire Killoyle trilogy was reissued as a boxed set that year by the Swiss publisher Kein und Aber.
The Irish novels were followed by a European one, The Adorations , which deals satirically with historical and religious themes, including Nazism, the Occupation of France, and mystical visions. It was published in 2012 as an e-book in English under the Olympiad Press imprint. "The Adorations is Boylan's magnum opus," says one review , "moving like a fugue through the history of 20th-Century Europe."
Boylan's latest novel is Ohiowa Impromptu, a Killoyle-like footnoted satire set in New Ur, an imaginary university town in Ohiowa, an imaginary Midwestern state. It is forthcoming.
Boylan is a regular contributor to Boston Review's New Fiction Forum, and his stories, reviews, and articles have appeared in many journals and reviews, including The New York Times Book Review and The Economist. He has recently completed a memoir, Run Like Blazes. He currently lives in Texas.
Boylan is married and has a daughter, Margaret Boylan.
Killoyle, An Irish Farce, Dalkey Archive Press, May 1997.
The Great Pint-Pulling Olympiad, Grove Press, October 2003.
Killoyle, Eine Irische Farce. Translated by Harry Rowohlt. Published by Rogner und Bernhard, Hamburg, 1999.
Rückkehr nach Killoyle : Eine Vorwiegend Irische Farce. Translated by Harry Rowohlt. Rogner und Bernhard, Hamburg, 2002.
The Maladjusted Terrorist. Forthcoming in English.
Killoyle Wein und Käse. Translated by Harry Rowohlt. Rogner und Bernhard, Berlin, 2006.
The Adorations. Olympiad Press, July 2012.
Run Like Blazes. Duvel Press, June 2011.
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- Roger Boylan's website
- "Sorrentino's Abyss of Human Illusion," by Roger Boylan, The New York Times Book Review, February 28, 2010.
- "Solzhenitsyn, Nabokov and The Lunch That Wasn't," by Roger Boylan, The Economist/More Intelligent Life, January 2009.
- "Nabokov's Gift," by Roger Boylan, Boston Review, July/August 2007.
- "The Quiet Man: John McGahern," by Roger Boylan, Boston Review, January/February 2007.
- "Ian McEwan's Family Values," by Roger Boylan, Boston Review, January/February 2006.
- "Reading Aidan Higgins," by Roger Boylan, CONTEXT, Summer 2007.
- Review of Killoyle by Harvey Pekar, Austin Chronicle, Vol. 17, No. 8.
- Review of Killoyle, Publishers Weekly.
- Review of The Great Pint-Pulling Olympiad, The Village Voice.
- Review of The Adorations, Ecolint.net.