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Don Quixote is the best book out there on political theory, followed by Hamlet and Macbeth. There is no better way to understand the tragedy and the comedy of the Mexican political system than Hamlet, Macbeth and Don Quixote. They're much better than any column of political analysis.

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From the Plough to the Stars: The Launch
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 09:22

From the Plough to the Stars: The Launch

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Jenny Farrell recently hosted the online launch of a new book. From the Plough to the Stars, an anthology of prose from contemporary Ireland is a follow-up to Children of the Nation, an anthology of poetry published by Culture Matters last year. Here, she introduces an edited video of the…
From the Plough to the Stars
Sunday, 08 November 2020 22:01

From the Plough to the Stars

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Jenny Farrell introduces From the Plough to the Stars: An Anthology of Working People’s Prose from Contemporary Ireland “The cooks, the cleaners, the porters: unsung heroes on the frontline” cried an Irish newspaper headline in early May 2020. During the pandemic it has become clear that whatever else fails, a…
The Radical Extension of Reality: Jorge Luis Borges
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 22 October 2020 08:59

The Radical Extension of Reality: Jorge Luis Borges

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Jim Aitken unearths the radical and progressive meanings in Borges' writings It was his fellow Argentinian writer and, like his mentor, a former Director of the National Library of Argentina, Alberto Manguel, who told us in Packing My Library (2018) that Borges, while trapped in Geneva during the Second World…
The Martyr: the last of Liam O’Flaherty’s banned novels to see the light in Ireland
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 02 October 2020 10:54

The Martyr: the last of Liam O’Flaherty’s banned novels to see the light in Ireland

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Jenny Farrell introduce Liam O’Flaherty's The Martyr, Nuascéalta 2020. Liam O’Flaherty’s banned novel The Martyr has just been republished by Nuascéalta, eighty-seven years since its first and only edition in 1933. With this sensational republication of The Martyr, Nuascéalta publishers complete their epic task of restoring the remaining three major…
All Quiet on the Western Front
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 15 September 2020 09:04

All Quiet on the Western Front

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 Jenny Farrell introduces the famous anti-war book, as we near the 50th anniversary of Erich Maria Remarque's death. Image by Photofest World War I was termed the war that would end all wars, so great was the horror of this new, diabolical stage of industrial annihilation. We know now that…
'History Lite': Hilary Mantel's Cromwell trilogy
Saturday, 22 August 2020 19:26

'History Lite': Hilary Mantel's Cromwell trilogy

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John Green reviews Hilary Mantel’s trilogy of historical novels. The above image is Hans Holbein's 1530s portrait of Thomas Cromwell Hilary Mantel’s trilogy on the life of Henry VIII’s secretary, Thomas Cromwell (1485 –1540), has been widely praised, and the first two volumes each won the Booker Prize for fiction.…
A lesser evil
Sunday, 16 August 2020 07:41

A lesser evil

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13th October 2040 Dear Richard, I know it must be weird and more than slightly disturbing to receive a ‘letter from beyond the grave’, but I trust you won’t be seriously spooked by it, not after all those years as a hospital doctor like me and some of the strange,…
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