Let the Great World Spin
The book for May is Colum McCann’s, Let the Great World Spin, which won the prestigious National Book Award for fiction in the US late last year.
Colum, who now lives in New York, has agreed to answer questions about the book, so later in the month, there will be an opportunity to do that.
So to kick off this month, here is the interview I did last August with Colum, when the book had just come out. This is the review of the book that Niall MacMonagle wrote about Let the Great World Spin for the Irish Times. This is the review that the New York Times gave the book. It’s a book “that will sneak up on you” the reviewer points out.
Maybe to start the discussion, we can look at why you think this book has been described as a 9/11 novel? It doesn’t specifically mention that day, it’s set in 1974, not 2001. Yet it’s been hailed as a great 9/11 novel from quarters such as Esquire magazine’s description of it as ”The first great 9/11 novel.” What do you think?
Also, tonight (Tuesday 4 May), Colum is the subject of RTE 1′s excellent Arts Lives documentaries, at 10.15pm. I am pretty sure you’ll be able to watch this back on Real Player if you can’t catch it tonight and would like to see it.
I am away most of this month, so my colleague Fiona McCann, who has a terrific arts blog here at the IT, Pursued by a Bear, and is a features and arts journalist, will be moderating in my absence.