In This Skull Hotel Where I Never Sleep

Rob Doyle

Opening January 27, 19-22

There was a stove, a pot, a pan, a few cups and plates, a desk, a bed. Apart from that, the only things he had were books.

− Sarah Flanagan on Killian Turner

 The third exhibition and book in the series 'a book, a room' is by Rob Doyle. This iteration sees the novelist Doyle take on the two spaces of the codex book and gallery space of Büro BDP simultaneously, extending a line of investigation first started in his book This Is The Ritual (2016). There he outlined the interesting case of Killian Turner.

The Irish writer Killian Turner disappeared under mysterious circumstances in West Berlin in 1985. He was thirty-seven years old. His disappearance, along with the fictions, aphorisms, sketches, and less easily-categorisable writings he left behind, have ensured Turner’s lasting cult reputation. Not only writers, but visual artists, filmmakers, philosophers, and even electronic musicians have found inspiration in his singular body of work. In This Skull Hotel Where I Never Sleep - and its accompanying installation, which recreates Turner’s last known place of residence - is intended as an introduction to the life and work of this disturbing, visionary artist. The volume contains key critical and biographical texts about Killian Turner, as well as Turner’s last known work, An Investigation Into My Own Disappearance, which is widely considered to be his suicide note. 

Rob Doyle’s first novel, Here Are the Young Men, is published by Bloomsbury, and was chosen as a book of the year by The Irish TimesSunday TimesSunday Business Post, and Independent. It is one of Hot Press magazine’s '20 Greatest Irish Novels since 1916’, and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year. Doyle’s second book, This Is the Ritual, was published in January 2016 (Bloomsbury / Lilliput), and was a book of the year in the New StatesmanSunday Times and Irish Times. His fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in The GuardianObserverViceDublin ReviewIrish TimesSunday Times, BBC World Service, Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction 2016, and elsewhere. Rob Doyle is editor of the Dalkey Archive’s Anthology of Irish Literature, due for publication in 2018. He played the lead role in the 2017 feature film Hit the North.

In This Skull Hotel Where I Never Sleep - Rob Doyle

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89 pages, A5, English
Book design: Form Und Konzept
Initial 50 limited edition copies, signed and numbered

Fiction | Literary Criticism