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The Glamour of His Alienation: Rob Doyle Interviewed

‘As a reader growing up in Ireland, I felt a personal alienation from the kind of books I saw coming out – with some exceptions, you know. A lot of these books were just so sedate, so polite. They didn’t seem to speak to and of the harsh, intense, technological reality I was confronted with.’

 

 

 
 

Literary Review, May

Clarice Lispector tends to get top billing for ‘looking like Marlene Dietrich and writing like Virginia Woolf’. The formula doesn’t just linger because it’s easy to remember: it is kept on so as to shelve a deeply troubling writer somewhere at the back between ‘feminist Theory canon’ and ‘exotic South American canon’. This Penguin reissue of The Passion According to G.H. – along with another four of her works – is an opportunity to get beyond the cosmetics.

Literary Review, March

    From Out Of The City John Kelly [Dalkey Archive Press] Broadcaster and occasional harmonica player with Van Morrison, John Kelly’s latest novel is set in a Dublin of the near future, the capital of a decaying police state populated by crooks, perverts and double agents. Narrated by an omniscient geriatric read more…

One Way And Another: Adam Phillips Interview

The British psychotherapist, Adam Phillips, is one of our foremost contemporary essayists. He is most recently the author of One Way and Another. His other works include On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, Houdini’s Box, and On Balance. He is the general editor of the Penguin Classics translations of Sigmund Freud, and a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.

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