Fergus Cronin’s sublime short stories of lives half-lived in the shadow of death


Night Music by Fergus Cronin

Anne Cunningham

Death makes an appearance in 11 of these 14 stories, yet it’s an anthology teeming with life. And although death takes various forms – including murder, suicide, euthanasia, military combat and plain old natural causes – life for most of the central characters is lived in a state of corrosive loneliness, something Kurt Vonnegut once described as “the terrible disease”.