Academic journal article Estudios Irlandeses - Journal of Irish Studies

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Academic journal article Estudios Irlandeses - Journal of Irish Studies

Introduction

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David Pierce, February 2007

2006 was a year for memories. If you punch into Google 'Beckett Festival' and '2006', you come up with over 500 entries. All round the globe, the world celebrated the centenary of the great Irish writer. The cover of the May 2006 issue of Books Ireland carried John Haynes's photograph of John Hurt in the Gate Theatre production of Krapp's Last Tape. The 2006 issue of ABEI The Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies carries on its covers a portrait of Beckett by Louis Le Brocquy and includes a range of stimulating essays on the Irish dramatist, seen from a Latin-American perspective. I have taken this opportunity to ensure that in this issue of Estudios Irlandeses there were reviews of Beckett books. Paul O'Hanrahan, who is a founder-member of Balloonatics Theatre Company and who gave performances of Beckett's early prose in 2006, kindly agreed to review a collection of essays edited by Christopher Murray as well as a book of stunning Beckett photographs by John Minihan. The year also saw the publication The Faber Companion to Samuel Beckett edited by C.J. Ackerley and S.E. Gontarski.

Other memories on offer to the reading public witnessed a return to the period 1916-23 as well as to the recent Troubles. For the earlier period, titles included Roger Casement in Irish and World History edited by Mary E. Daly; The Resurrection of Ireland: The Sinn Fein Party 1916-1923 by Michael Laffan; Sebastian Barry's historical novel A Long Long Way. As for the Troubles, this continues to exercise those charged with making sense of that troubling period. Titles include The Bloody Sunday Inquiry: The Families Speak Out edited by Eamonn McCann; Sinn Fein: 1905-2005--In the Shadow of Gunmen by Kevin Rafter; The Men That God Made Mad, a book by Derek Lundy telling the lives of three of his Protestant ancestors; Hunger Strike: Reflections on the 1981 Hunger Strike, edited by Danny Morrison, is a collection of pieces by novelists and poets, former prisoners and activists reflecting on the deaths of the ten republican hunger strikers. …

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