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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 language of the poor, of the most marginal and disdained: This Road of Mine, by Seosamh Mac Grianna
Monday, 04 January 2021 12:16

The language of the poor, of the most marginal and disdained: This Road of Mine, by Seosamh Mac Grianna

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Jenny Farrell introduces This Road of Mine, by Seosamh Mac Grianna, translated by Mícheál Ó hAodha. Published by The Lilliput Press, 2020. One of several important, socialist Irish language writers of the last century, Seosamh Mac Grianna was born 120 years ago (15 January 1901) in Ranafast, County Donegal. Due…
The Sikh Snowman: Review by Jan Woolf
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 15 December 2020 21:06

The Sikh Snowman: Review by Jan Woolf

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Jan Woolf reviews the latest children's book from Culture Matters In homage to Raymond Briggs’ classic book and animation The Snowman, this is a charming tale about snow. But whereas Briggs’ theme is loss, the Gallagher/Stewart one is diversity and unity. Aimed at early readers, it’s also enjoyable to read…
From the Plough to the Stars
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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 Martyr: the last of Liam O’Flaherty’s banned novels to see the light in Ireland
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…
'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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