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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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The Magician, by Colm Tóibín
Monday, 24 January 2022 10:08

The Magician, by Colm Tóibín

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Jenny Farrell reviews Colm Tóibín's latest novel There are many books, including biographies, of Thomas Mann as well as about other members of the Mann family. There are far fewer novels about this writer. Now Irish novelist Colm Tóibín has presented us with just this. His novel about the magician,…
In search of the Marxist novel
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 15 January 2022 19:23

In search of the Marxist novel

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30-year-old Irish author Sally Rooney has been in the headlines following her refusal to grant the translation rights of her new novel Beautiful World, Where Are You (2021) to the Israeli Modan publishing house. Seventy prominent writers backed her decision in a statement in November. In May, Rooney had been…
A Hello to Arms
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 14 December 2021 16:41

A Hello to Arms

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Paul Simon reviews the latest novel from Dennis Broe, A Hello to Arms Fresh from exposing the murderous and duplicitous Hollywood of the immediate post-war period, Harry Palmer finds his next commission broadly doing the same for California’s other boom sector of the time: aircraft manufacturing. As with Dennis Broe’s…
Land of the Ever Young
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 14 December 2021 14:27

Land of the Ever Young

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Mike Quille interviews Jenny Farrell, editor of Land of the Ever Young. Illustrations are by Karen Dietrich, and are taken from the book Mike Quille: The third book in the trilogy of working people’s writing from contemporary Ireland, which have all been edited by you, has just been published. Can…
A book for Christmas: The Sikh Snowman
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 11 December 2021 09:59

A book for Christmas: The Sikh Snowman

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Some snowmen had topknots. Some wore football scarves and skull caps. Some had veils over their faces. One had fairy wings. They all began to sing...... Snowfall, friendship and feelings combine in this heartfelt and celebratory story about coming together. There's a relatable and joyous sense of wonder as the…
The Nobel prize for Literature: Abdulrazak Gurnah
Thursday, 09 December 2021 16:42

The Nobel prize for Literature: Abdulrazak Gurnah

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On 10 December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, Abdulrazak Gurnah will receive the Nobel Prize for Literature on behalf of black Africa. Wole Soyinka was the first black African writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. Other Nobel Prize winners from the African continent are Nagib…
Land of the Ever Young
Monday, 22 November 2021 12:45

Land of the Ever Young

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This is the final book in a set of three volumes of working people’s writing from contemporary Ireland. It follows on from a poetry anthology, Children of the Nation and a prose anthology, From the Plough to the Stars, all edited by Jenny Farrell and available here. The children’s stories…
Provenance, by Kate Thompson: fighting inequality and injustice to Aboriginal peoples
Monday, 15 November 2021 09:42

Provenance, by Kate Thompson: fighting inequality and injustice to Aboriginal peoples

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Jenny Farrell reviews Provenance, by Kate Thompson As Elliot Fielding struggles in an Australian hospital to piece together his fragmented memory following serious head injury, the reader embarks with him on the road to make sense of his life before. The narrative delves into the realities of Aboriginal life, through…
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