Understanding the Serbs

    Peter Brooke

    David Ralph’s recent essay on the war in Bosnia merely added to the mountain of incomprehension that British journalists raised about the region’s war.
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    Dispatches from the Island

    Luna Dolezal

    Jonathan Franzen inextricably links writing to survival, to that which sustains life and keeps boredom and demise at bay.
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    Soundtrack to the Century

    Kevin Stevens

    For fifty years, Duke Ellington was America’s most important and innovative musical figure, achieving distinction as a composer, arranger, songwriter, bandleader and pianist, and writing and producing timeless music of every kind.
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    Exuberantly Pluralist

    Paul Delaney
    George O’Brien’s impressive survey of fifty years of the Irish novel is inclusive, eclectic and insistently diverse.

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    Madwomen in the Attic

    Lauren Hadden
    A novelistic exploration of Miss Havisham before Dickens got hold of her irresistibly recalls Jean Rhys’s brilliant work in the classic prequel genre.

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    The Barbarians Strike

    John Swift
    The so-called Night of the Broken Glass, which the Hitler government represented as a spontaneous irruption of anger, was a cynical and carefully choreographed attack on Germany’s Jewish population with the aim of demoralising them and despoiling them of their possessions.
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    ‘A Full Life, A Good End’

    Liam Hennessy
    Whatever about questions of mandate or democratic legitimacy, the bravery of the insurgents who fought in 1916, and of those who were executed for their role as leaders of the Rising, is beyond dispute.
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    They fly so high ... They fade and die

    Michael O'Sullivan
    As we try to recover from the bubble and bust we might ask whether we as a nation take more risks than others, or to what extent gambling is an entrenched characteristic of the Irish.
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    Can an Intellectual be a Saint?

    Peter Brooke
    Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, is best seen not as a renegade liberal but as a sympathiser with a very different movement, which sought to break the grip of Thomism and return to the early sources of the Church.
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    As Fresh as a Cliché

    Paula McGrath

    We strive for originality, but perhaps old phrases should, like Mae West’s discarded lovers, be given a new chance with someone else.
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