“I have great admiration for the work of Mary Lavin…”: Diarmaid Ferriter

Mary Lavin: “She tackled social taboos, the dark forces of family life and the private battles to maintain a spirited defiance in the face of class prejudices and cruelties; a social reality far removed from the official image of nationalist Ireland.”

Mary Lavin: “She tackled social taboos, the dark forces of family life and the private battles to maintain a spirited defiance in the face of class prejudices and cruelties; a social reality far removed from the official image of nationalist Ireland.”

Diarmaid Ferriter writes:

I have great admiration for the work of Mary Lavin, who published her first collection of short stories, Tales from Bective Bridge, in 1942, because she did so much that decade and subsequently to skilfully map what she described as the “vagaries and contrarieties” of the human heart, especially the female heart.

She tackled social taboos, the dark forces of family life and the private battles to maintain a spirited defiance in the face of class prejudices and cruelties; a social reality far removed from the official image of nationalist Ireland.

The Long Ago (1944) deals with a girl who elopes, is rejected by her family, but refuses to bend. The Becker Wives (1946) gives us an insight into middle-class tensions and snobberies, the constant pressures to conform and the way in which those who did not were cast aside.

She also drew heavily on her own experiences and her complex psychology to delineate the conflicts of the mind; the delusions, the desires and how they are managed, but her craft was not just about depicting bleakness, as seen in The Middle of the Fields (1967), about the independence of widows, who do no wallow in grief but adapt, confront and liberate themselves.

Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD.

Borges, censurado e inédito: “Soy antiperonista, anticomunista y antinacionalista”

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En la segunda –y última– parte de la entrevista inédita a Borges que Perfil comenzó a publicar el domingo pasado, el escritor afirma que el deporte más popular del mundo no tiene ninguna tradición en la Argentina, justifica las dictaduras del Cono Sur y asegura que no le interesa que sus libros se vendan.

Nota por Pablo Cohen.

HOMOFOBIA EN BUENOS AIRES/ VIDEO

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HOMOFOBIA EN BUENOS AIRES/ VIDEO.

Today birthday of UK poet, Pippa Little

Pippa Little

Pippa Little

Today, January 15, is the birthday of Pippa Little, a contributor to Issue 19 of Interlitq, and to Interlitq‘s “English Writers Part 1”.

 

Borges, inédito: “Buenos Aires es un barrio de Montevideo”

Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges

1978. Borges es entrevistado para una radio uruguaya en plena efervescencia mundialista. Fue censurada por sus apreciaciones previas sobre Artigas, Nota por Pablo Cohen.