A German writer learns the cost of making a god of the nation In 1914 Thomas Mann was an unquestioning patriot. His country, whose unique spiritual qualities no foreigner could appreciate, had been forced into a war not of its choosing, but one he was sure it would win. Defeat in that war and the disastrous path Germany followed after the economic crash of 1929 were eventually, slowly, to change his mind. Colm Tóibín’s new novel provides a well-crafted and hugely enjoyable account of the trajectory of this important writer and his talented but turbulent family.
A miscellany of tales long and short from a career in Irish journalism
An inspiring essay collection from inside the Travelling community
Blake’s visions of Eden and the meaning of imagination in his verse
An argument against pessimism and in support of deep human potential
A journey to motherhood, from miscarriage to the joy of birth
Poems of strife and discovery that recall Swift, Behan and Durcan
An Irish historian who encountered misogyny in her academic career
A moving poetic exploration of impermanence and mortality
The innovator Euripides puts the heedless Greek gods on the stage
Progressivism’s dirty secret: the left intellectuals abolish the poor Marie Stopes, who founded Britain’s first birth control clinic, warned loudly against the folly of allowing ‘the diseased, the racially negligent, the thriftless, the careless, the feebleminded, the very lowest and worst members of the community, to produce innumerable tens of thousands of stunted, warped and inferior infants’. Other keen eugenicists argued for progressive welfare measures that would encourage persons of good breeding stock to have more high-quality children.
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