Michael Kane is a painter, and, like many painters present and past, he is also a writer. Of a generation which has lived during the high point of the flowering of 20th-century modernism, the great practitioners of this movement, as well as the masters of the past, are his exemplars. He has remarked to the effect that “the whole history of art” must be present in even the most contemporary of works.
Blind Dogs is a work of reflection on the states of mind and culture during the author’s lifetime up to now, and a meditation on his personal experiences in Dublin and elsewhere. Despite the vicissitudes of outrageous fortune, and visitations of mysterious and sometimes distressing psychic phenomena, descriptions of which permeate the narrative, it is intended also to be a funny book.