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    DUBLIN AT WAR

    Brian Earls
    There has been no collective amnesia in Ireland about the Great War. The event was remembered in Dublin for many decades after it ended, but in terms appropriate to the city's experience of it.
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    REPLY TO JOHN REGAN

    Eve Morrison
    Response to John Regan’s review of Eve Morrison’s “Kilmichael revisited: Tom Barry and the ‘false surrender”’ in D Fitzpatrick, Terror in Ireland: 1916-1923.
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    THE MAGIC'S GONE

    Brenna Katz Clarke
    JK Rowling's new adult novel has more characters than are good for it. It's also a little difficult to care too much about them.
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    REPLY TO JOHN BORGONOVO

    David Leeson

    The author responds to a review of his book on the Black and Tans.
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    INSURRECTIONISTS AND SKIRMISHERS

    Maurice Earls

    When you lose in politics there is a tendency for others ‑ particularly the young ‑ to question, if not denounce, your tactics. Notwithstanding the impressive list of achievements and concessions won by O’Connell over thirty-odd years, his ending was an example of the dictum that all political careers end in failure.
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    SYRIA'S UPRISING

    Mary Russell

    Concord between various ethnic groups in Syria appeared evident until acts of obscene violence began to be carried out by both the regime and anti-regime forces. But few people in the future will want to live alongside those they suspect of destroying their homes and families.
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    ADDLED BY BOOKS

    Morten Høi Jensen
    Enrique Vila-Matas plays some complex games with literature and characters yet any threat of heaviness is redeemed by his assured comic touch and fine sense of the ridiculous.
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    THE HOUSE OF CARDS

    Aengus Woods

    László Krasznahorkai's novels are balanced between a precarious inertia and total collapse. The animating tension of his work resides not, as is the case in more conventional novels, in questions of who did what or what happens next, but in the question of what such a total collapse might look like, given the pervading sense of its inevitability.
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