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Radiohead “Everything in its right place” or whether we can separate the artist from their Art.

Sean stretched his hand above his bed, humming to himself as he searched the wooden shelf for the CD case with the blue and white spine. Treating it with the type of care that I never seemed to be able … Continue reading

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Review: Fante, John “Ask the Dust”

“Los Angeles, give me some of you!” exclaims Arturo Bandini, the self-proclaimed genius and all-time literary great. “Ask the Dust” is a paean to the perfidious, seedy underbelly of the city of angels, a journey through its poverty-stricken streets and … Continue reading

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Review: Flaubert, Gustave “Madame Bovary”

That Flaubert published this work as his debut novel hints at what a prodigious author he was. “Madame Bovary” remains as important today as it was in 1856. We are still grappling with the themes Flaubert wrote about: religion, class, … Continue reading

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Review: 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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Review: “Irish-Soviet Diplomatic and Friendship Relations 1917-1991” by Michael Quinn.

    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, … Continue reading

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Review: Stephanie Conn “The Woman on the Other Side”

Conn’s 2016 debut book of poetry sees her employing somewhat of a scatter gun approach as she writes with a polychromatic range of styles about a kaleidoscope of different themes. In “The Woman on the Other Side”, Conn writes about travel, Art, … Continue reading

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Review: “The Crossing. My journey to the shattered heart of Syria” by Samar Yazbeck

Introduction:         “Death was so straightforward here, so close and intimate” wrote Yazbeck of her three trips through rebel held areas of Syria in 2012 and 2013. Yazbeck’s prose whilst addressing the post-Revolutionary Syrian landscape is elegant. … Continue reading

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