I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

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Issue 141, February 2022

The Mystery of Moll

Linguistic paradoxes and the evasion of identity in ‘Moll Flanders’

It’s Not All Bad

Term report: wealth, good; population, v. good; equality, could do better

The Night Walker

As the lamps come on, thoughts of a connoisseur of the crepuscular

Getting Even

A personal history of the new Irish feminism of the 1970s

An Teanga on Tour

Gaelic Ireland’s many encounters with continental European culture

A German Requiem

Fashion model, rocker, poet, addict: the strange life of the singer Nico

Getting Known

A memoir of Patrick Kavanagh, the reflections of Thomas McCarthy

The Banana Bunch

Vargas Llosa’s study of the overthrow of democracy and reform in Guatemala

At last to Ithaca

Derek Mahon: a poetic style balanced between levity and profundity

Preaching Poppycock

Yeats’s authoritarianism: the Rapallo circle and Italian fascism