The Geometer Lobachevsky

By: Adrian Duncan

Publication Date: April 2022


In The Geometer Lobachevsky, Duncan follows his interest in internationality and materiality, leading to unforeseeable connections between people and places. Set in the early 1950s, the story follows Soviet geometer (mathematician) Nikolai Lobachevsky who is a Glav Torf representative aiding Bord na Móna with a land survey. In Ireland on this state visit, he receives a letter from the MGB ordering him back to Leningrad for ‘a special appointment’. Immediately suspicious, he goes into hiding on a small island in the Shannon Estuary where he waits in the hope of some day returning safely home.

Following Duncan’s critically acclaimed Love Notes from a German Building Site (2019), A Sabbatical in Leipzig (2020) and Midfield
Dynamo (2021), Duncan’s themes of emigration, displacement and work connect Ireland with the world stage. Colm Tóibín said of Love Notes: ‘Written in spare, exact prose … Duncan writes beautifully about cold weather, gruff manners, systems of hierarchy … A portrait of work [and] a picture of a sensibility’.


‘Adrian Duncan’s arresting new collection of stories consolidates his reputation as one of the most captivating and distinctive voices in contemporary Irish writing.MICHAEL CRONIN, IRISH TIMES

‘Love Notes from a German Building Site is written in spare, exact prose … Duncan writes beautifully about cold weather, gruff manners,
systems of hierarchy. He also writes beautifully about precious time off, or the occasions when memory takes over … the protagonist is
created in this book with an acute and painstaking emotional accuracy.’ COLM TÓIBÍN

‘Precise and penetrating prose … A Sabbatical in Leipzig is a quietly compelling novel from a writer of real daring and poise.’  VONA GROARKE

‘A Sabbatical in Leipzig is a masterclass in [looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary]: a stunning example of paying attention to the minutest of details and looking at the world with keen eyes and a quiet but curious mind.’ IRISH INDEPENDENT

‘If more men thought and wrote as tenderly and honestly, we’d have stronger, sturdier novels and fewer garish monuments to consumerism.’ DAVID O’CONNOR, THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

‘A reflective, beautifully paced novel’ SARAH GILMARTIN, IRISH TIMES


Adrian Duncan was born in County Longford and originally trained as an engineer. He is a Berlin-based visual artist and filmmaker. His short fictions have appeared in literary journals both in Ireland and the USA. His acclaimed debut novel, Love Notes from a German Building Site, published by Lilliput and Head of Zeus in 2019. He was shortlisted for the Emerging Writer Award at the inaugural 2020 Dalkey Literary Awards and won the inaugural John McGahern Annual Book Prize. His second novel, A Sabbatical in Leipzig, was published by Lilliput in 2020 and is forthcoming from Profile Books. It was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2020. His first short story collection, Midfield Dynamo, was published in 2021 and was long listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

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Weight 0.50 kg
Dimensions 136 × 216 mm
Publication Date

April 2022


Paperback with flaps, 208pp.