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Don Quixote is the best book out there on political theory, followed by Hamlet and Macbeth. There is no better way to understand the tragedy and the comedy of the Mexican political system than Hamlet, Macbeth and Don Quixote. They're much better than any column of political analysis.

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The Fall of Paris, by Ilya Ehrenburg
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 12:00

The Fall of Paris, by Ilya Ehrenburg

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John Green introduces The Fall of Paris by Ilya Ehrenburg (1943), and presents a brief biography of the author. Image above: Ilya Ehrenburg with Red Army soldiers, 1942 I have just re-read The Fall of Paris by Soviet writer Ilya Ehrenburg. And what a re-discovery it has been! Few people…
The language of the poor, of the most marginal and disdained: This Road of Mine, by Seosamh Mac Grianna
Monday, 04 January 2021 12:16

The language of the poor, of the most marginal and disdained: This Road of Mine, by Seosamh Mac Grianna

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Jenny Farrell introduces This Road of Mine, by Seosamh Mac Grianna, translated by Mícheál Ó hAodha. Published by The Lilliput Press, 2020. One of several important, socialist Irish language writers of the last century, Seosamh Mac Grianna was born 120 years ago (15 January 1901) in Ranafast, County Donegal. Due…
A working-class voice from the Irish language tradition: Exiles, by Dónall Mac Amhlaigh
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 04 January 2021 12:12

A working-class voice from the Irish language tradition: Exiles, by Dónall Mac Amhlaigh

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Jenny Farrell reviews Exiles, by Dónall Mac Amhlaigh, translated by Mícheál Ó hAodha (Parthian, 2020) Awareness of working-class literature is only growing slowly in Ireland. This is not because it has not so far existed – far from it. Working-class people have known and cherished their tradition for a long…
The Sikh Snowman: Review by Jan Woolf
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 15 December 2020 21:06

The Sikh Snowman: Review by Jan Woolf

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Jan Woolf reviews the latest children's book from Culture Matters In homage to Raymond Briggs’ classic book and animation The Snowman, this is a charming tale about snow. But whereas Briggs’ theme is loss, the Gallagher/Stewart one is diversity and unity. Aimed at early readers, it’s also enjoyable to read…
From the Plough to the Stars: The Launch
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 09:22

From the Plough to the Stars: The Launch

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Jenny Farrell recently hosted the online launch of a new book. From the Plough to the Stars, an anthology of prose from contemporary Ireland is a follow-up to Children of the Nation, an anthology of poetry published by Culture Matters last year. Here, she introduces an edited video of the…
From the Plough to the Stars
Sunday, 08 November 2020 22:01

From the Plough to the Stars

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Jenny Farrell introduces From the Plough to the Stars: An Anthology of Working People’s Prose from Contemporary Ireland “The cooks, the cleaners, the porters: unsung heroes on the frontline” cried an Irish newspaper headline in early May 2020. During the pandemic it has become clear that whatever else fails, a…
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