The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Farewell to rural Ireland's voice

When I met John McGahern for the first time last August, just before the publication of Memoir, his extraordinary excavation of a childhood blighted by a bullying father, he fleetingly mentioned his 'illness', and only then when the tape recorder was turned off. He seemed in good spirits, engaging and slightly mischievous as we relaxed, post-interview, in the Dog & Duck in Soho.
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