Monthly Archives: October 2017

Flaubert, Gustave “Madame Bovary”

“Madame Bovary” remains as important today as it was in 1856. We are still grappling with the themes Flaubert wrote about: religion, class, love and feminism. Emma Bovary, who just “wished to live in Paris”, and experience an exciting life … Continue reading

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Kafka, Franz: “The Trial”.

It remains mystifying that Kafka was not writing about a totalitarian society when he penned “The Trial”. He did not have the benefit, like Orwell, of observing the Soviet Union. Yet, so perspicacious was Kafka that he imagined almost entirely … Continue reading

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Quinn, Michael: “Irish-Soviet Diplomatic And Friendship Relations 1917-1991”.

Umiskin press have published a timely account of Irish-Soviet relations in this the centennial year of the wholly unnecessary Russian Revolution. Quinn developed this book from a thesis that he had submitted to earn his PHD.  Ultimately, relations between Ireland … Continue reading

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