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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.
Jan 28, 2013, 20:53 PM

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.
Jan 14, 2013, 20:57 PM

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.
Jan 14, 2013, 19:19 PM

Exuberantly Pluralist

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

Jan 14, 2013, 16:22 PM

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.

Jan 14, 2013, 15:12 PM

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.
Jan 14, 2013, 11:15 AM

‘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.
Jan 14, 2013, 10:59 AM

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.
Jan 14, 2013, 10:42 AM

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.
Jan 14, 2013, 10:38 AM

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.
Jan 7, 2013, 18:51 PM