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Re-reading Joyce’s “Dubliners”

This highly readable collection of eleven essays on James Joyce’s Dubliners accomplishes the much-needed task of rescuing the short stories from the clichés that have saddled interpretations of them.   Sean Sheehan   They challenge canonical readings that label them as anatomies of Dublin’s moral, psychological and political paralysis in […]

The truth of trees
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The truth of trees

Through a window, I saw a milky sun, low in the sky, shining weakly through the trees; and I heard, the browning, yellowing, leaves, blowing in the autumn wind.   Steve Latham   Thomas Hardy called this ‘the susurration of trees’; their secret language, which, according to singer Bon Iver, […]

Camila Rodriguez Triana, lives in ashes
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Camila Rodriguez Triana, lives in ashes

In a country where the internal conflict has lasted almost six decades, lying is another weapon for protecting yourself and others. Exposing it is dangerous. An ex-guerilla whose youthful ideals could not be realised abandoned the guerilla life. And his world fell apart, when, many years later, he began the cold hard work of facing the past that lived inside himself and his family.