200 Reasons Not To Leave Dublin


The Irish are a nation of emigrants. After a brief respite, we're back to boats and planes as vehicles for careers and lives. But Dublin's still a great place to live, regardless of how small it m...read more
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Book Review: The Meursault Investigation – Kamel Daoud

In Camus’ classic novel The Stranger, eerily disaffected protagonist Meursault shoots an ‘Arab’ on a beach. Now, in his brief and passionate work The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud rewrites the tale from the perspective of the nameless Algerians whose lives were transformed, showing how this archetypal example of disaffected outsider literature might appear to the true outsiders in the story.

Book Review: The Book of Fate – Parinoush Saniee

Originally banned in Iran, and now translated into seven different languages, Parinoush Saniee’s bestselling The Book of Fate follows protagonist Massoumeh as she struggles to keep afloat through five decades of political and social turmoil in Tehran.


Book Review: A Decent Ride – Irvine Welsh

Welsh is an incredibly repetitive writer. The oddly decent character has corkscrew curls which are mentioned almost as frequently as female genitalia, although admittedly in less colourful terms.

Book Review: Time Ages in a Hurry – Antonio Tabucchi

If the past is a foreign country, then the present must be equally different for those unsuited to it. In Time Ages in a Hurry, the late Italian author Antonio Tabucchi presents us with nine stories of characters who have survived the tumults of 20th century Europe, only to find themselves lost in the present.

Book Review: God Help the Child – Toni Morrison

In her first novel, 1970’s The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison explores the maelstrom of societal forces that converge in a father’s rape of his own child. She returns to the subject of child abuse in God Help the Child, in which such cruelty seems to hide around every corner – in playgrounds, sunny afternoons, and even the alley behind one’s home.

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