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Live, live, live
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Live, live, live

“Live; live; live”, the latest novel from Jonathan Buckley, plays eloquent witness to a liminal space, the boundary between the limits of rational thinking and the beginnings of occult mystification.   Sean Sheehan   It’s an intriguing borderland, one which does not make complete sense, lying as it does is […]

Fables with a punch
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Fables with a punch

Fables tend to convey a moral, often anodyne, sometimes downright objectionable. Enlightened writers have seen that children need fables with a ring of social truth, not sanctimonious ones that avoid confronting unpleasant realities. Sean Sheehan   The libertarian William Godwin (1756-1836) took to writing under an assumed name because of […]

Ordinary heroism
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Ordinary heroism

 Maria Fouillette, daughter of a butcher in a French town close to the border with Switzerland, was the mother of two children. Her husband Roger became leader of an anti-Nazi resistance group until he was arrested in 1943.   Sean Sheehan   Roger was brought, shackled and bruised, to his […]

Art of the body
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Art of the body

Mari Katayama, born in 1987 in Japan, is an artist of the body; her own to be exact. She celebrates the life of body and spirit in photographic self-portraits and the embroidering of objects that relate to her body.   Sean Sheehan   Exhibitions of her work have been seen […]