'Lynch demonstrates a control over his ideas that comes from a pure lyrical telling, a speech act that, if you let it, will take you anywhere. Beyond the Sea is frightening but beautiful.'
Beyond the Sea
From the winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, 2018Paul Lynch
Chosen as a Book of the Year by Sebastian Barry, Martina Devlin and Peter Cunningham
Winner of the Prix Gens de Mer, 2022
Hector and Bolivar set sail from their South American fishing village on what they believe to be a routine expedition. But then a devastating storm casts them adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With no means of contacting the outside world and no sign of rescue, their only hope lies with one another. Both men must confront the truth about themselves, and the regrets that they have spent a lifetime trying to forget, if they are to survive.
Part gripping story of resilience, part fearless existential parable, Beyond the Sea is a meditation on what it means to be human, in a world that pushes us to the brink.
'[Lynch’s] novels are artistic creations…this absorbing book is an evocative one…His fourth novel has echoes of Melville, Dostoyevsky and William Golding…But the literary work it most invokes is Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.'
'Such an aching sense of spaciousness feels in the spirit of its exotic setting, of Latin American sensualists such as Paulo Coelho or Pablo Neruda, or the deep eastern wisdoms of Hermann Hesse... Beyond the Sea deserves a special place in Lynch's increasingly fascinating and diverse catalogue.'
'Lynch has mastered the art of capturing his characters' anguish, and there is an enigmatic lyricism to his storytelling… The story is fantastically written, a truly magnificent portrayal of the gritty battle between despair and hope.'
'A lucid, lyrical tale of two lost men… The language attains a poetic intensity that is unusual and well earned.'
'Paul Lynch won the Irish Novel of the Year 2018 for Grace, a lushly lyrical adventure story set in Famine-era Ireland. His follow-up...[is] a short but absorbing tale of the lengths to which people go to avoid admitting who they really are.'
'Brutal and poetic... Alive with elegance and insight.'
'Blew me away...a beautifully written and tightly controlled novel about the human spirit and what happens when it is pushed to the limit.'
'[This] stark, mesmerizing book reads like an existential argument between [life's] irreconcilable truths, a Beckett play bobbing in the open water...this fine book contains multitudes of experience.'
'The writing is vivid…conveying the claustrophobic reality of confinement in a small vessel.'